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Beautifully aromatic. Pure, fresh, and bright cherry, plum, and red berry fruit aromas with a hint of herb and spice. On the palate, the flavors mirror the aromas, with vibrant cherry fruit and silky tannins. It is a very supple wine with a lot of finesse and elegance.
This is superb, with everything in the right place, beginning with macerated cherry, kirsch, sandalwood and stone notes. Layers of flavors build on the palate, remaining fresh and focused through the lingering aftertaste. Great energy here.
Light, pale and charming, this is always the most approachable and forward of the Rousseau grand cru bottlings, almost ready to drink from barrel. It's sweet and appealing, with supple summer pudding flavours, a hint of cola and supple tannins.
The 2017 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a beautifully defined bouquet of extremely pure brambly red fruit, and the oak is very well integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, fine structure and well-judged acidity. Though this is initially backward on the finish, it opens nicely in the glass. Whether it is long-term is another matter. Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2017 tasting.
Rousseau's 2017 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru is showing nicely, wafting from the glass with inviting aromas of red berries, plums and peonies mingled with hints of cedar, raw cocoa and mandarin orange. Medium to full-bodied, supple and enveloping, it's soft and charming, with melting tannins and an ample core of fruit. Generous and demonstrative, like many 2017s it has picked up a bit of richness and depth in bottle.
This too reflects just enough wood to mention as it serves as a relatively neutral backdrop for the restrained and pure essence of red pinot fruit, earth and discreet spice whiffs. The backward if supple medium-bodied flavors possess a beguiling sense of underlying tension that carries over to the detail but very firm, serious and youthfully austere finish that delivers sneaky good length. Of all the Rousseau wines, the Charmes has made the most progress over the last 5 years as it's finally beginning to consistently achieve grand cru quality.
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