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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
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 Chambertin Clos de Beze - Rousseau, Armand, 2002:
The 2002 Chambertin Clos de Beze bursts with spicy red cherry aromas. This medium to full-bodied wine has an exceptionally spicy personality that is crammed with red licorice (Twizzlers), candied raspberries, Asian spices, and blackberries. Wonderfully focused and armed with substantial depth, this medium to full-bodied wine’s exceedingly long finish displays awesomely ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020. The Wine Advocate, #153, Jun-04.
Parker Points: 94-96
Drinking Period: 2008-2020
Tasting Notes for Chambertin Clos de Beze - Rousseau, Armand, 1996:
This dark ruby-colored wine exhibits a nose of charred oak encrusted with blackberries, cassis, and stones. It has a full-bodied, expansive, highly-defined, complex, and silky-textured personality that possesses black cherries, iron, minerals, gravel, and cassis. This firm and highly structured wine will require cellaring. Projected maturity: 2005-2012. As far as the 1996 vintage is concerned, Rousseau's comments were bluntly candid -
Parker Points: 92-94
Drinking Period: 2005-2012
Tasting Notes for Chambertin Clos de Beze - Rousseau, Armand, 2003:
Loads of spices are intermingled with blackberries and black cherries in the wonderful aromatics of the 2003 Chambertin-Clos de Beze. A bold, ample, medium to full-bodied wine, it expands on the palate, revealing great breadth and richness. Hugely spicy, this candied blackberry-dominated effort sports a persistent finish crammed with solid tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2020. The Wine Advocate, #160, Aug-05.
Parker Points: 93
Drinking Period: 2009-2020