Charmes-Chambertin, Armand Rousseau, 1995

I’ve had mixed experiences with different vintages of this wine. For example the 1996 was not great, and the 1998 was OK but not worth the money.

The oldest of the batch I bought from the Wine Society was a 1995, advised to be drunk by 2011. Oops. It’s 2012. Better get the corkscrew! But, at £80 a bottle, will it be charming siren or a case of more chafing dissonance?

I found this wine totally awesome. Stewed strawberries with a touch of balsamic and that classy composty nature. Burgundy wine is so frustrating because so many bottles disappoint, but when it excels – WOOHOO! It’s like you won the lottery on the same day as Sharon Stone turned up on your doorstep in that little white dress.

Although this is a fine wine, it matches simple food. Bangers and mash (no gravy) is a highly recommended pairing.

3 Responses to “Charmes-Chambertin, Armand Rousseau, 1995”

  1. Manners Says:

    No gravy ? Surely some mushy peas or even bake beans.

    Chambertin , I remeber putting a bottle of 1990 into a beouf bourguignon once.Those were the days.

  2. Alastair Bathgate Says:

    The lack of gravy was not by design. There just wasn’t any…. :-)

  3. Sojourner Says:

    We enjoyed, nay, revelled in the pure delight of a bottle of the ’95 Rousseau Charmes-Chambertin last week. With an Anglicised boeuf bourguignon, it was a marriage made in Heaven. The back-up, just in case, was a ’03 Raymond Usseglio Chateauneuf, very different but a source of pleasure the following evening together with what was left of the beef casserole. After pushing those boats out, I felt obliged to turn to a few VdP and other budget buys.

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