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2005 Rousseau Charmes Chambertin

Publish Date: 16 Jan 2015

Authored by: James Halliday

While magnums are better than bottles (if sealed by corks) because of their greater volume, there can be occasions when half bottles are also better than bottles (again with cork closures). The one immediate caveat is that I am talking about red wines, not white, and in this instance about red Burgundy. Why did I buy 2005 Rousseau Charmes Chambertin in 375ml bottles?  Simply because the waiting time is reduced; for someone of my senior status, this is a distinct advantage.  

Mind you, the wine is still more in a primary than secondary phase, gorgeously rich, with dark cherry, satsuma plum and spice all fighting for centre stage on the bouquet and palate. Measured in terms of my affection, Rousseau has moved into clear second place after Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. There are many other great Burgundy producers, and half a dozen of these are capable of arguing about third place in the hierarchy. Any time anyone wishes to arrange a blind tasting, I’ll offer my services FOC if there is an argument to be settled.

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