There is no one wine “holy grail” for me which makes me a bit of a fraud on here, but, it was the red wine that showed what it was all about to a fairly young novice wine drinker, most of us still are, I was browsing in a wine merchants in Bayswater and saw this bottle on a clearance rack, the mind boggles, not knowing much about it other than it was a very good year in Burgundy I purchased it on a whim.
I have no recollection as to the cost but it would not have been much as I was simply browsing in my lunch hour and if it had cost a lot I would have remembered.
The wine was a 1966 Armand Rousseau Chambertin - Clos de Beze, I got lucky as it was the first good Burgundy I purchased and it opened my eyes to what Burgundy could be, so I never forgot it, my love of Burgundy sadly soon dwindled as I started to buy it after that bottle with ever infuriating disasters and simply poor wine at ever exhorbitant prices, a similar event happened with Barolo, both wines can be divine but finding them is fraught with disappointment and an empty bank account.
Nonetheless this wine was a milestone for me, looking for information on an old vintage like that is not easy, the only reference I could find was in Michael Broadbents, who else, Great Vintage Wine Book, where he says of the straight Chambertin from the same producer that year ‘Rousseau and his Chambertin at their best, good colour glorious bouquet a wine of great power and character’ the Clos de Beze is a softer wine but I would expect it to be well thought of.
In Wine Searcher the only reference was to a NY retailer who had a bottle at over £4000 ridiculous in the extreme for something I purchased from a clearance rack and showing how and why top Burgundy is for the very wealthy now.
As I said this was not the greatesty , best, wine I have ever had but it was a Milestone, I almost certainly drank it far to early probably ten to twelve years after the vintage, but it was awhile back, there are no photos of the '66 so a more modern vintage will have to suffice.