The 2004 Charmes-Chambertin from Rousseau comes from an infamous vintage marred by vegetal notes, but this is one of the few cuvées that seems to have been spared. It opens nicely with Morello cherry and crushed strawberry scents, touches of orange pith and allspice. Nope – no greenness here. Chalky, edgy tannins and moderate depth frame the palate. It’s tart and does attenuate quite sharply toward the finish. But overall, this is perfectly fine. Tasted at Robert’s dinner in Beaune.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2033
Slightly grey crimson with a very pale rim. Very light nose. Very light cherry flavours and lots of acidity. Rather austere on the palate. Definitely not charming! But again, this may be the cussed young Rousseau problem (see note on the Cazetiers 2004).
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2015
Robert Parker 90
A little disappointed with this after the wonderful Clos-St.-Jacques. The nose is very closed and giving nothing away at the moment. The palate has some lively, sweet red cherries and wild strawberry. Good acidity on the palate, a little spicy and vibrant. Just lacks the harmony and breeding of the Clos St-Jacques. Moderate rather than long length. Tasted January 2006.