Dark, healthy crimson. Muddy, low key nose. Dark crimson – quite intense. Sweet and round at first but a bit tough. Obdurate.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2024
The 1998 Chambertin is one of the real surprises in this tasting. From a vintage that never got much of a look, Rousseau’s Chambertin is a pure and total delight. It is not the most complex wine in the vertical, nor is it the most pedigreed, but it is absolutely exquisite, as all of its elements are in perfect balance. The plum, sweet tobacco, menthol and red cherry flavors, along with the wine’s soft, open-knit personality, make the 1998 impossible to resist today. Readers looking for a vintage of the Rousseau Chambertin that is peaking will find much to admire in the 1998.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027