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Gevrey-Chambertin holds a special place in my heart.
I first went out about 30 years ago.
It was to meet the legendary Charles Rousseau.
Charles Rousseau was fluent also in English and German
Fluent in English and German, Rousseau was very kind and patient with the eager journalist.
We went almost immediately from the domaine to Clos Saint-Jacques.
Although a Premier Cru, it is universally accepted that this ancient clos or walled estate produces wine of Grand Cru quality (and with prices to match).
Clos Saint-Jacques is the most famous wine of Gevrey-Chambertin.
Domaine Armand Rousseau owns about a third of the 6.7 hectares, making them the largest proprietor.
The village of Gevrey in autumn
Clos Saint-Jacques is the most famous wine of Gevrey-Chambertin
The vineyard had been bought in 1954 by the founder of the eponymous domaine in his son’s name.
Earlier, in 1945, Charles Rousseau had graduated in oenology from the University of Dijon and went straight to work with his father.
In 1959, following his father’s untimely death in a car accident, Charles took over the domaine, continuing his beloved father’s work by buying a number of Grand Cru plots including in Chambertin Clos de Bèze in 1961, 1989 and 1992; plots of Chambertin in 1983, 1990 and 1993; and the monopole Clos des Ruchottes in 1977.
When Charles Rousseau died at 93 in 2016, Gerard Basset was moved to say:
“A legend has died today but his wines are always there to make us dream”
Domaine Armand Rousseau is today in the hands of his son Eric the winemaker and Eric’s daughter Cyrielle, also a trained geologist, viticulturist and oenologist, with harvest experience also in Oregon, Australia and New Zealand.