2009 Domaine Armand Rousseau Mazy-Chambertin Grand Cru

Year: 2009
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91-94
Vinous Media: 91-94
Burghound: 91-93
Red Wine
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"The 2009 Mazis-Chambertin is a gorgeous, complete wine that reveals considerable elegance and complexity in its vibrant fruit. This elegant, mid-weight Mazis boasts incredible class, harmony and finesse in the way it shows the multiple facets of its personality with time in the glass. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039. ,br/>
I tasted the following wines with Frederic Robert, who works alongside Eric Rousseau. In 2009 Rousseau and his team began picking on September 7, the earliest in Gevrey. For the first time the estate used 20% whole clusters on all the wines except for Clos de la Roche, which was closer to 15%. The 2009s were scheduled to be bottled in April 2011. I also tasted a handful of 2008s that were deeply impressive." (WA)

"Bright, deep red. Lovely clarity and lift to the aromas of cherry, rose petal and game, complicated by a whiff of honey. Juicy and nicely delineated, with superb energy to the flavors of medicinal red cherry, raspberry and pomegranate. Still tightly wound but the tannins are suave and the lingering red cherry flavor mounts slowly on the very long aftertaste. Rousseau believes that this fruit has been riper since 2009, but notes that nothing has changed in his vineyard work; he still pulls leaves every year, even in 2009." (IWC)

"A more aromatically complex nose offers up notes of fresh and exuberant red berry fruit that is liberally laced with warm earth and animale nuances that carry over to the rich and attractively voluminous flavors blessed with an abundance of dry extract that buffers well the firm tannic spine on the delicious, balanced and sappy finish. This is more approachable than it usually is at this early stage though it will have no trouble aging well." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Mazy-Chambertin sits close to the village of Gevrey-Chambertin bordered by Clos-de-Beze to the south and Ruchottes-Chambertin to the west. Domaine Armand Rousseau owns 3 of the 21 acres of this prestigious Grand Cru.

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.