Armand Rousseau – Gevrey Chambertin

The Domaine was started at the beginning of the 20th century by Armand Rousseau who, at the age of 18, inherited several plots of vineyards in Gevrey Chambertin. He came from a family of small landowners, composed mainly of vine growers, coopers and local wine merchants.

Armand’s marriage in 1909 provided him with additional vineyards and shortly afterwards, he bought new vineyards such as CHARMES CHAMBERTIN in 1919, CLOS DE LA ROCHE and CHAMBERTIN in 1920 and 1921. He then decided to bottle his most prestigious wines himself and sell them directly to customers, particularly to restaurants and connoisseurs, wisely advised by Raymond Baudoin, a great friend of his and the founder of the “Revue des Vins de France”. As the years passed, Armand Rousseau continued to enlarge his Domaine with the purchase of more Grands Crus.

Charles Rousseau

Charles Rousseau - Gevrey Chambertin

Charles Rousseau – Gevrey Chambertin

The CLOS SAINT JACQUES was bought in 1954 in his son Charles’s name who, after studying law and then oenology in Dijon University, joined his father in 1945.

In 1959, after Armand Rousseau’s death, being fluent in English and German and with extensive experience and knowledge in oenology, Charles developed the domaine rapidly by acquiring new vineyards, especially in “Grands Crus” areas.

He decided to turn principally towards export developing exchanges first with Europe, then to Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, Brazil, etc. and lastly Asia in the 1970’s.

Eric Rousseau

Eric Rousseau - Gevrey Chambertin

Eric Rousseau – Gevrey Chambertin

His son Eric joined the team in 1982 after specialising in oenology at Dijon University and working for negociants and wineshops in Burgundy.

Starting in the vineyards, he introduced new techniques and moved the Domaine towards a more organic viticulture and became more involved with the vinification. He maintained the Domaine’s traditional way of winemaking, with little change.

The wines from Domaine Armand Rousseau have developed over the years but have always kept the same spirit as when Armand and Charles were making then. The “Rousseau hand” is a very recognizable style of wine.

Viticulture

At the present day, the Domaine vineyards occupy over 15 hectares situated in the communes of Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey-Saint-Denis, of which nearly half are Grands Crus A.O.C., and the remainder split between Village and Premier Cru Appellations.

The vines are 100% Pinot Noir, mostly very old with an average age of 40 to 45 years. 11 000 vines are planted per hectare.

The selections used are clones chosen for their small production and their concentration.

The method of culture in the vineyards is traditional with low yield, from 30 to 40 hectoliters per hectare. No fertilizer has been used for many years. “Debudding” and green harvest are systematically done in productive years in order to optimize the maturity of grapes and the concentration of phenolic components.

Grape picking is entirely done by hand with systematic sorting to eliminate unhealthy grapes and a delicate manipulation to avoid crushing the grapes. The quality is favored with regard to the quantity.

The average production is 65 000 bottles per year.

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