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Tasting Notes for Chambertin - Rousseau, Armand, 1990:
The Chambertin is a more closed, deeper-colored wine than the outstanding Gevrey-Chambertin-Clos St.-Jacques. The Chambertin reveals an impressive dark ruby/purple color, a closed bouquet, and tight, hard tannins. This deep, broad-shouldered, full-bodied, intensely concentrated, chewy-textured, closed wine needs 5-6 years cellaring. It should last through the first decade of the next century. At the top level, Rousseau consistently produces three profound wines - Gevrey-Chambertin-Clos St.-Jacques (as good as most producer's grands crus), Chambertin-Clos de Beze, and Chambertin. That being said, I remain perplexed as to why Rousseau's other wines are so surprisingly light and fluid. While good, sometimes very good, they are markedly inferior to his top three wines. Never one to jump on the bandwagon for forward, super-ripe vintages, (he still believes 1983 is the finest vintage of the eighties), Rousseau is unpersuaded by the acclaim bestowed on 1990. The Wine Advocate, #83, Oct-92.
Parker Points: 90
Drinking Period: 1997-2010
Tasting Notes for Chambertin Clos de Beze - Rousseau, Armand, 1990:
Both the Chambertin-Clos de Beze and Chambertin are more closed, deeper-colored wines than the outstanding Gevery-Chambertin-Clos St.-Jacques. It is often difficult to pick a favorite, but I thought the Chambertin-Clos de Beze to be lower in acidity and more forward. I would suggest cellaring it for 3-4 years, and I am sure it has at least 15 or more years of aging potential. The nose offers up roasted black-cherry and toasty new oak scents. In the mouth, there is outstanding concentration, full body, and a long, rich, moderately tannic finish. At the top level, Rousseau consistently produces three profound wines - Gevrey-Chambertin-Clos St.-Jacques (as good as most producer's grands crus), Chambertin-Clos de Beze, and Chambertin. That being said, I remain perplexed as to why Rousseau's other wines are so surprisingly light and fluid. While good, sometimes very good, they are markedly inferior to his top three wines. Never one to jump on the bandwagon for forward, super-ripe vintages, (he still believes 1983 is the finest vintage of the eighties), Rousseau is unpersuaded by the acclaim bestowed on 1990. The Wine Advocate, #83, Oct-92.
Parker Points: 90
Drinking Period: 1995-2007
Tasting Notes for Echezeaux - DRC, 1990:
The 1990 Echezeaux continues to confirm that the DRC has been successful in turning out a richer, more structured wine in vintages since 1988. The deep color (it may be the darkest Echezeaux I have seen) is followed by a bouquet with well-developed aromas of spices, plums, black-raspberries, and sweet new oak. In the mouth, the wine exhibits admirable toastiness, rich, medium to full body, moderate tannins, low acidity, and an impressive finish. Anticipated maturity: 1995-2010.
The DRC 1990s, all of which were bottled in April/May, are among the deepest colored wines from this domaine that I have tasted in the last decade. Moreover, they are firmly structured, with significant tannins from both the vintage and from the aging in 100% new oak barrels. For the fortunate few who have had the discretionary income to afford the other great vintages of the DRC from the eighties, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1988, and 1989, the question is - are the 1990s superior? I am not sure they are any better than the 1980s, 1985, and 1988s, but they undoubtedly represent a classic, concentrated, long-lived style of wine. Moreover, all of these wines should have a more graceful evolution and broader window of drinkability than the tannic 1988s, as well as potentially greater longevity than the succulent and opulent 1985s. All of these offerings are outstanding, with that tell-tale complex, exotic fragrance that the DRC routinely achieves.
Wine Advocate # 83 Oct 1992
Parker Points: 92
Drinking Period: 1995-2010
Tasting Notes for Nuits St Georges Les Cailles - Chevillon, Robert, 1990:
Although I was not able to taste every wine in Chevillon's portfolio, these offerings merit interest. A more serious wine than the Nuits St.-Georges-Les Roncieres, the Nuits St.-Georges-Les Cailles is deeply-colored, with a rich, spicy, herb, black-cherry-scented nose, medium to full body, excellent structure and definition, decent acidity, and rich, long, flowing flavors. Wine Advocate # 83 Oct 1992
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: 1994-2005
Tasting Notes for Chambertin Clos de Beze - Jadot, Louis, 1993:
The Chambertin Clos de Beze reveals more depth and richness than the soft Chambertin, although it, too, is plagued by excruciatingly painful tannin levels. The color and fruit are present, but the wine is closed, hard, and seemingly ungracious. It needs 6-7 years of cellaring and should keep for 20 years. The question is, will it ever fully blossom and provide joy, pleasure, and sweetness of fruit? Jadot produced a high percentage of successful wines in 1993. There are also disappointments, particularly in the lower appellations which have turned out tough and tannic. There is no Jadot house style, save for rich, well-delineated, structured wines that stand the test of time. As a vintage, 1993 is less consistently excellent than 1990 or 1989.
In 1988, all the grand crus were bottled without filtration. That vintage was followed in 1990 and subsequent vintages, with all the premier and grand crus bottled without fining or filtration. Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Parker Points: 88
Drinking Period: 2001-2015
Tasting Notes for Charmes Chambertin - Rousseau, Armand, 1993:
Rousseau's Charmes-Chambertin is supple and smooth, with medium body, good rather than outstanding concentration, and a velvety texture. Although not of grand cru quality, it is a delicious Pinot for drinking over the next 7-8 years. Baritone-voiced Charles Rousseau's 1993s are successful for the vintage, and softer than I expected given the inclination for the 1993s to be hard and tannic. The Wine Advocate, #100, Aug-95.
Parker Points: 86
Drinking Period: 1995-2003
Tasting Notes for Chambertin Clos de Beze - Rousseau, Armand, 1995:
Dark ruby-colored, the killer Chambertin Clos de Beze floored me with its nose of roses, violets, black cherries and Asian spices. Its sublimely elegant palate impression is intense, complex, chewy, austere, minerally, stony, full-bodied and long. It possesses considerable tannin behind the rich fruit so it should be at its best between 2006 and 2016. This note is the result of tastings I did in Burgundy between January 7 and January 29. The wine was tasted from cask, not bottle. Pinot Noir, a fragile varietal, reacts poorly to fining, filtration, and careless bottling techniques, I recommend caution when considering buying a red burgundy based on cask samples. I called it as I tasted it, and hope the bottled wine reflects the quality of the samples I was provided. The Wine Advocate, #111, Jun-97.
Parker Points: 91-94
Drinking Period: 2006-2016