DOMAINE ARMAND ROUSSEAU

DOMAINE ARMAND ROUSSEAU

GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN
Owner:
Charles Rousseau
Manager:
Eric Rousseau, Corinne Rousseau & Brigitte Rousseau
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Domaine Armand Rousseau is one of the greatest Domaines of Burgundy, with 14 hectares in the vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey-Saint-Denis - mainly Grands Crus - and noble old vines. It was created at the begining of the 20th century by Rousseau family and it is still owned by the family Rousseau today. Any way you look at it, in terms of History or Quality of wine, it is a reference in Burgundy.
DOMAINE ARMAND ROUSSEAU

At the beginning of the 20th Century, Armand Rousseau, who came from a family of wine-growers, barrel-makers and wine-traders, inherited several parcels of vineyards in the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin. He created his domain (cellar and winery) in the oldest part of the village next to the 13th Century church, and increased the area of the vineyards to celebrate his marriage in 1909. Very quickly he acquired new vines in more prestigious Crus including Charmes-Chambertin, Clos de la Roche and Chambertin, and continued to expand his domain with the purchase of a number of Grands Crus (Mazy-Chambertin, Mazoyères-Chambertin and Chambertin). The Clos Saint Jacques was acquired in 1954 in the name of his son Charles, who joined his father in 1945 to run the family domain after studying law and oenology.
On the death of Armand Rousseau, Charles Rousseau found himself at the head of a 6 hectare domain that he continued to develop quickly, using his know-how and by acquiring new vines most of which were Grands Crus (Chambertin Clos de Bèze, le Clos des Ruchottes monopoly, and Chambertin). In 1982, Charles Rousseau was joined by his son Eric who was studying oenology. Eric is responsible in particular for care of the vines and wine-making, and is moving the domain towards environmentally friendly and sustainable viticulture while maintaining traditional wine-making methods. He now runs the Domain, and since 2006 his sister Brigitte and Frédéric Robert have been responsible for sales. Frédéric Robert also looks after tastings.

Today the Domain covers an area of 14.9 hectares, of which 2.21 hectares are appellation Village, 3.47 hectares are appellation Premier Cru and 8.41 hectares are appellation Grand Cru, situated in the vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey-Saint-Denis.
The average age of the 100% Pinot Noir vines is reasonably old - between 40 and 45 years - planted at a density of 11,000 vines to the hectare. The vines are situated on east-facing calcareous clay slopes and are cultivated traditionally, with a yield of 30 to 40 hectolitres per hectare.
Vinification is done in open stainless steel vats, where the wine spends a relatively long period of about 18 days before being sent through a pneumatic press and transferred to the cellar by gravity. Storage is in oak barrels where malolactic fermentation takes place naturally. Maturing lasts for 20 months during which time the wines are racked twice. Bottling after light filtration is done by gravity, directly from the barrels after assembling. Average annual production is 65 000 bottles. 80% of the different Domain wines are exported to some 30 countries. In France they are sold to a small number of stockists and the main starred restaurants.