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Chambertin Clos de Beze 2008
Chambertin / Rousseau
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This is every bit as elegant as the Clos St. Jacques but even deeper and broader with incredibly complex and refined red berry fruit, plum and violet aromas that are relatively cool and are in keeping with the balanced, refined and mouth coating flavors that possess superb depth and excellent finishing intensity on the explosive and gorgeously persistent finish. This is a really lovely '08 that should improve for out to two decades.
Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2020+ 01 January 2011
Scented with ripe fresh cherry and red raspberry, accompanied by wild fennel, Rousseau’s 2008 Chambertin Clos de Beze conveys a flatteringly silken and richly-fruited palate presence, though hints of resin, vanilla, and caramel from its new wood are a bit awkwardly detached at present, a condition that might even knit itself short-term. While the richest Rousseau 2008, and undeniably persistent, this doesn’t reveal for now the floral or animal intrigue or the overall elegance that can render this appellation magic at this address. Expect at least 12-15 years of interest, though, and plan on revisiting this in a half dozen, if not within the next year. (91-92+ Points)
Score: 91 - 92
David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate Maturity: 2010-2025 01 June 2010
Bright medium red. More exotic on the nose than the Chambertin, displaying a liqueur-like quality to the cherry, raspberry and mineral fla vors, plus hints of dried herbs and a whiff of honey. The ripest of all these 2008s in the mouth, with a slightly medicinal aspect to the dark cherry, dark berry and mineral fla vors. Finishes with substantial but well-buffered tannins and captivating notes of spices, pepper and violet. This wine routinely needs a decade or more of aging in a structured vintage yet can also show extraordinary early sex appeal, like this '08.
Score: 92 - 95
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 01 March 2010
Most unusually for Rousseau’s 2008s, this wine was treated to 100% new oak. A great spring in its step and, most unusually for a 2008, it smells of autumn undergrowth. Great pure scents. Real texture, perfume and sweetness on top but some real majesty of structure and ambition. Bravo! A very great wine.
JancisRobinson.com, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2015-2025 19 January 2010