Two words – Rousseau and Chambertin – expectations are building up, great wine ahead.
While Domaine Armand Rousseau is a legendary estate in Burgundy, the history of the family holdings on Chambertin is rather limited seen in a Burgundian timeframe, as the ownership dates back to the early 1920s.
Three great people, Armand Roussau, Charles Rousseau and Eric Rousseau have together created a great estate and a tremendous reputation for making some of the greatest of Burgundies – and have like no one else put Gevrey Chambertin on the map.
Armand Rousseau (1884 – 1959) inherited some vineyard plots when he turned 18 in 1902, and this was the foundation of the great domaine we find today at the bottom of the Clos Saint Jacques hill.
He came from a family of vignerons, coopers and local wine merchands, and additional vineyards follow when he married in 1909. This was also the time when the Rousseau estate was established at the current address.
Interestingly all this happened around the same time when on of the other great producers of Chambertin, Domaine Trapet, established itself in Gevrey-Chambertin after relocating from far away in Chambolle-Musigny.
The Rousseau holdings on Chambertin
After the marriage and after the war Armand Rousseau quickly began to expand the vineyard portfolio. According to the estate website plots in Charmes-Chambertin followed in 1919, plots in Clos de la Roche and Chambertin in 1920.
In fact my version of Rodier4 (1920) show that Rousseau was in fact alredy an owner of Chambertin in 1920 when this book was released in July 1920.
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