The 2017 Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes Grand Cru has a pixelated bouquet that really expresses the limestone soils of this vineyard: subtle pressed iris scents infuse the red berry fruit, all with brilliant delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. There is a fine bead of acidity here, again, a little spicy (the leitmotif throughout the Rousseau range) with impressive grip and persistence on the finish. Excellent.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2040
Robert Parker 93
At least based on these barrel samples, the 2017 Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos des Ruchottes has the edge over the Clos Saint-Jacques this year, soaring from the glass with a fragrant bouquet of red cherries, raspberries, spices and orange rind. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, satiny and incisive with good concentration at the core, tangy acids and chalky structuring tannins.
Some vines were uprooted after 2017 and will be replanted ” sometimes some mechanical work of the soil is necessary first, then soil analysis before they do anything. Real richness on the nose. ‘This one is happy today’, notes Cyrielle Rousseau. Rich and open with dark fruits and just a tiny hint of peppery floral character. Utterly fragrant without being showy. So fine while still firm, so supple, so at ease. A happy wine even now. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040