Investment Tips - Burgundy - 9. August 2022

Unique Opportunity To Invest In Armand Rousseau

Burgundy's finest wines are often unobtainable. This is your opportunity to invest in the Chambertin and the Chambertin Clos de Beze, which have seen excellent returns so far.

Armand Rousseau is an iconic power brand in Burgundy and ranks among the absolute wine elite in beautiful company with Domaine Leroy, Domaine Leflaive and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Armand Rousseau is both coveted and unobtainable for the vast majority due to high price and micro production. And therefore, it is unique when rare Rousseau wines appear as investment opportunities.

The essence of this investment tip is not whether investing in wines from Domaine Armand Rousseau's best vineyards is a good idea. The essence is that the unique opportunity to invest in Rousseau is right now.

Rousseau is in short supply, and volumes are extremely scarce - even in the present investment tip. This, of course, also results in high prices. Read on to find out about Rousseau returns in the RareWine universe and the four wines you have the opportunity to invest in right now.

The Uncrowned King Of Gevrey-Chambertin - Armand Rousseau

It is not a new fact that Burgundy is home to some of the world's very best wines. In fact, Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the most prestigious wine regions in Burgundy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau has long since proven its place at the absolute top.

At the beginning of the 1900s, the domain was founded by the 21-year-old Armand Rousseau. He inherited the family parcels in Gevrey-Chambertin, and after acquiring parcels at prestigious Charmes Chambertin, Clos de la Roche and Chambertin, Armand Rousseau began selling wines under his own name directly to the best restaurants.

Today the Rousseau family owns 15 hectares of vineyards mainly in Gevrey-Chambertin and a small part in Morey-Saint-Denis. The domain is operated by Eric Rousseau and his daughter Cyrille Rousseau, who carries on the legacy of Armand Rousseau. Of the 15 hectares, 8.5 hectares are classified at the highest level as Grand Cru and a further almost four hectares as Premier Cru. That in itself is an impressive holding from a Burgundy perspective, although it results in extremely low yields but sublime quality.

In this investment tip you can invest in wines from the mythical vineyards: Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Beze.

Read the full portrait of Domaine Armand Rousseau here


Chambertin - Among The World's Best

Chambertin is not just a suffix to the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin. It is also one of the absolute best vineyards in Burgundy, perhaps in the world. In fact, it is often deservedly referred to, along with Romanée-Conti and Musigny, as the triumvirate that produces the very best wines on the market.

Chambertin measures a total of 12.9 hectares, and Domaine Armand Rousseau with its 2.56 hectares is the largest landowner here. There is absolutely no doubt that Armand Rousseau from Chambertin delivers wine from the top and most exclusive shelf, and with neighbours like Domaine Trapet and Domaine Leroy, the competition is more than present.

Even if Domaine Armand Rousseau uses the maximum yield from Chambertin, they can only produce 12,700 bottles per year, which in no way can satisfy demand.

In this investment tip, you can invest in the 2016 and 2018 vintages. Looking at the scores from the last five vintages of Chambertin, there is no doubt that the quality is magnificent. So here it is not a question of quality, but availability:


Chambertin Clos De Beze

On this Grand Cru vineyard, Domaine Armand Rousseau owns 1.42 hectares, from which they are allowed to produce a maximum of 7000 bottles per year, and as it was the case with Chambertin, this quantity is not nearly enough to satisfy a great demand for quality. Named after the monks of the Beze monastery, it is the oldest recognised vineyard in Gevrey-Chambertin.

Again, both the 2016 and 2018 vintages are available for investment, but again, as with the Chambertin, the quality of the last five vintages is sublime. Here too, it is therefore not a question of quality, but availability.


Rousseau Has Never Been More Expensive. And That Has Been Seen Before

The wines of Armand Rousseau have never been more expensive. This was also the case the last time RareWine Invest offered Rousseau for investment. And the time before that. And before that.

Under the management of RareWine Invest, all Armand Rousseau Chambertin has given returns between 40 % and 150 % over the last two years across vintages*. 2016 Chambertin has given a return of 52 % since September 2020. And 2018 Chambertin has returned 77.8 % since January 2021.

Similarly, all Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze under management of RareWine Invest for a minimum of two years across vintages** has yielded between 53.8 % and 132 %. Add to this the fact that since September 2020, the 2016 Chambertin Clos De Beze under the management of RareWine Invest has risen 40 %. And 2018 Chambertin Clos de Beze has increased 52 % since July 2021.

The above are returns of just two years or less. There is nothing to suggest that the almost mythical wines of Rousseau have a price limit. In addition, both 2016 and 2018 have open drinking windows that extend far into the future.

*2002, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017

**2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2007


RareWine Invest's Opinion

Armand Rousseau is one of the best winemakers in the world. And the best in the world is both coveted and precious. Therefore, there is a great demand for Rousseau wines, which are already released in extremely limited quantities, making appropriate investment quantities hard to come by.

Eminent returns cement that the world wants Rousseau - even if the price has never been higher. Here we are even dealing with Grand Cru from Armand Rousseau from legendary vineyards. This is not an everyday occurrence, and your opportunity is now. Whether you go with one or the other, our faith in these wines remains intact. As always, these are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Invest in 2016/2018 Armand Rousseau Chambertin or Chambertin Clos de Beze

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2016Armand Rousseau Chambertin 750OC6€ 4.200
2018Armand Rousseau Chambertin 750OC6€ 4.000
2016Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze 750OC6€ 4.000
2018Armand Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Beze 750OC6€ 3.850
*All prices are in EUR ex. customs duty, tax, and VAT for delivery to a bonded warehouse. Prices including customs duty, tax and VAT can be sent on request. The wines are only sold in whole cases unless otherwise specified and the price is per bottle. Minimum order size € 2,500. Assumes a total minimum investment of € 10,000. Prices may have changed since release of this article. Reservations are made for errors.

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