Armand Rousseau's 2016 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru emerges as a masterpiece of the vintage, showcasing a captivating hue of deep crimson that hints at its profound complexity. The nose reveals a symphony of aromas, with plump plums, succulent cassis, and ripe cherries intertwining effortlessly with nuances of savory grilled meats, earthy ceps, delicate peonies, and a subtle hint of iodine. On the palate, this wine commands attention with its full-bodied presence, offering a luxurious texture that envelops the senses. The structured framework of ripe tannins is seamlessly integrated, veiled by a core of vibrant and concentrated fruit that tantalizes the palate. The journey culminates in a long and exhilarating finish, leaving a lingering impression of its carnal intensity. As it matures, the 2016 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru promises to reveal even greater depths of complexity and finesse, inviting enthusiasts to embark on an unforgettable tasting experience.
Robert Parker - 97 Points
"The 2016 Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru is showing brilliantly from bottle, unwinding with aeration to reveal a deep and brooding bouquet of plums, cassis and cherries mingled with notions of grilled meats, ceps, peonies and iodine. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, textural and enveloping, with a muscular chassis of ripe tannin that's cloaked in a core of vibrant and concentrated fruit, concluding with a long and thrillingly carnal finish. It will be fascinating to compare this with the qualitatively similar but stylistically very different 2015 vintage when both wines have 20 years on the clock."
Antonio Galloni - 95 Points
"The 2016 Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru is a little subdued on the nose with delineated red cherry, crushed strawberry and crushed stone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, fresh and mineral-driven, almost Ruchottes-like in style with just a small attenuation towards the finish. Very fine, if not quite delivering the substance you might have expected. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting."