At the present day, the Domaine vineyards have a surface area of 13 ha 70, of which 2 ha 21 are of Village Appellation, 3 ha 47 of 1er Cru Appellation and 8 ha 01 of Grands Crus A.O.C., all situated in the communes of Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey-Saint-Denis. The vines are mostly very old with an average aged of 40 to 45 years. The vines are 100% Pinot Noir with 10 000 vines planted per hectare. The selections used are clones chosen for their small production and their concentration. "Guyot simple" pruning is being used in all vineyards. The exposure is towards the South-East on lime-clay soils. The method of culture in the vineyards is traditional with low yields, from 30 to 35 hectoliters per hectare. No fertilizer has been used for many years. "Debudding" and green harvest are systematically done in productive years in order to optimize the maturity of grapes and the concentration of phenolic components. Grape picking is entirely done by hand with systematic sorting to eliminate unhealthy grapes and a delicate manipulation to avoid crushing the grapes. Vinification is done in a very traditional style with 90% destemming, a 15-days fermentation in open stainless steel vats with regular "pumping over" and "pigeage", and a strict control of temperatures with a maximum of 31-32°C. Once alcoholic fermentation is over, the wines are delicately pressed in a pneumatic press, let to settle 24 hours, and then transferred in oak barrels down in the cellars where malolactic fermentation takes place during winter. The wine is then aged in 100 % new oak barrels for the Chambertin, the Chambertin Clos de Bèze and the Clos Saint Jacques, 25 to 30% generally for the Clos des Ruchottes and the Clos de la Roche and in 2-year-old barrels for the other Crus. The toasting of the barrels is medium. Ageing lasts 20 to 22 months during which 2 to 3 rackings are done if necessary. Bottling takes place twice a year in May-June and in August-September after a very light plaque filtration to preserve the delicate Pinot Noir fruit and retain finesse and elegance. The bottling is done by gravity, directly from the barrels after "assemblage", and always at cellar temperature. The average production is 65 000 bottles per year. Visit the Domaine Armand Rousseau website.
2008 is a vintage full of freshness and structure with velvety tannins. It will be appreciated quite young though it will gain good density during the aging and reflects very well the characteristics of each appellation. more
The 2009 Charmes-Chambertin emerges from the glass with lovely radiance and openness in its ripe, juicy fruit. The Charmes is already rather forward, and at this stage appears to be a relatively early-maturing wine. The oak is also a bit pronounced. Sweet, textured floral notes wrap around the long, polished ... more
Grapes are meticulously sorted as they arrive in the winery. Following a cool maceration lasting 5-7 days the must travels by gravity into barrel where it will stay for the entire vinification process lasting typically 18-24 months. Each Armand Rousseau wine is blended unfiltered. more
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Sustainable practices incorporate organic standards and may exceed them and include ecologically and socially sound business practices such as fair pay for farm workers and energy conservation.
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