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BORDEAUX 2016 EN PRIMEUR

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Armand Rousseau Chambertin Grand Cru 2014
97 points Allen Meadows :There is enough wood to notice framing the exuberantly spicy red and dark currant aromas that display an abundance of sauvage and earth nuances. The cool and pure medium weight plus flavors are remarkably refined for a young Chambertin yet there is clearly plenty of power lurking beneath the refined veneer. This is a big but not massive vintage for the Rousseau Cham and I like the sense of proportion and particularly so on the harmonious, superbly long and seamlessly well-balanced finale. As is the case with the 2015 vintage, it's going to be very interesting to see which of these two is the better wine in 15 to 20 years.    

18.5+/20 Jancis Robinson : Very majestic and autumnal on the nose. Very concentrated and all in the future. Not weak at all with much more obvious ripe fruit in the middle than Clos de Beze. Dense and very dry and savoury but the fruit more than stands up to the new oak. Magnificent. Vibrato.

Armand Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Cazetiers" 2014
90-92 Allen Meadows : Here the reticent nose of plum, violet and dark berries is notably earthier and more sauvage in character. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the delineated, muscular and equally mineral-driven flavors that possess slightly more size and weight on the youthfully austere finish where a hint of bitter cherry arises. Note that moderate patience will be required.
Armand Rousseau, Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2014
93-96 Allen Meadows: In 2014 it's as though the Clos de Bèze and Chambertin have switched places in the sense that this is less expressive, super powerful and appears to be the more structured of the two as well. A discreetly spicy nose consists of sandalwood, essence of black cherry liqueur, violets and a hint of the sauvage. There is seriously good size, weight and power to the imposingly scaled flavors that display almost painful intensity on the driving, explosively long and very firmly structured finish. Unlike most vintages this is actually the harder of the two wines to read today though everything appears to be in place to allow this to age brilliantly.    

18.5/20 Jancis Robinson : 100% new oak. Intense, splendidly purple somehow nose. Black fruits and liqueur-like. Lots of structure and very embryonic. The oak is still pretty obvious. Great framework. Energy. 

Armand Rousseau, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2014
92-94 Allen Meadows :This is also moderately reduced and impossible to properly assess. Otherwise there is excellent volume to the equally muscular big-bodied flavors that are richer but don't quite have the same sense of underlying tension before terminating in a palate coating and quite firmly structured finish that delivers terrific length. This is a big but seamlessly well-balanced effort that should also amply repay extended cellaring.    

18/20 Jancis Robinson :  Very attractive savoury nose already. Very juicy and lively with masses of tannin. Promising for the future. Eric Rousseau thinks this is less obviously Morey than usual. 

Armand Rousseau, Gevrey Chambertin, 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques 2014
91-93 Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate : The 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux Saint Jacques unfurls on the nose with red cherry and raspberry scents, a touch of bergamot in the background. The palate is crisp and taut on the entry. You are immediately struck by the fineness of the tannin here. Real energy and tension from the word go, with a lovely touch of cracked black pepper furnishing the finish. I have a penchant for this over the Cazetiers this year - perhaps to my surprise given the form of the latter in 2014.
Chateau D'Esclans 'Whispering Angel' Rose 2016 JEROBOAM 3L

A pale partridge eye pink with perfumed bouquet, which follows with elegant summer fruits. The palate is refined and elegant with faint cherry nuances and beautifully integrated balancing acidity. This superb rose is made from a blend of old vines grown on the Esclans estate by Burgundian winemaking techniques resulting in a rounded and expressive Provence rose with unusual complexity.

Chateau D'Esclans 'Whispering Angel' Rose 2016 MAGNUM

From the very beginning (ex Mouton Rothschild) winemaker Patrick Léon crafted a lighter style of rosé, and this very much errs on the side of being fresh, clean, mineral with a white peach expression. The style has been very closely maintained over the past 10 years, even as the grape sourcing has grown exponentially. This is unoaked, vinified in stainless steel tanks, kept chilled at every stage of the process. From a blend of Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault and Syrah, all hand-harvested. Easy to see why this works so well. 91 Points Decanter

Domaine du Bagnol Rose Cassis 2016
This rosé comes from a handful of parcels in the tiny appellation of Cassis, a stand alone appellation within Provence, that totals seven hectares of vineyards planted in clay and limestone soils, on a gentle north-northwest-facing slope. Grenache-dominated, with smaller percentages of Mourvedre and Cinsault. Like the Cassis Blanc, the wine is taut, fresh and slightly saline. The winery makes only a small quantity of this, making this extremely hard to find, but its deliciousness makes it highly sought after.

The 2016 rosé has a pale cherry color with a slight copper tinge. It is full-bodied and well structured, with fresh red berry fruit, tart apple skin, and notes of spice and dried herbs. As usual, it is a blend of 41% Grenache, 33% Mourvedre, and 26% Cinsault all of which is direct-press juice.   The color is a bit lighter than last year’s, but the wine has a bit more power behind it.

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