The 2013 Ruchottes-Chambertin-Clos des Ruchottes is one of the more perfumed, lifted wines in the range. There is good depth on the attack and through the mid-palate but the finish turns a bit compact, albeit with lovely invigorating freshness. It will be interesting to see if the 2013 gains a bit more weight in bottle. (AG)
A discreet touch of wood frames mildly reduced aromas such that I would strongly advise decanting this if you're going to sacrifice a bottle in the interest of "science." There is outstanding delineation and intensity to the refined and pure medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by deceptively pliant tannins on the saline-inflected finish that seems to be constructed from liquid stone, all wrapped in a wonderfully long and pure finish. The reduction aside this is really a lovely effort though note well that ample patience is requisite.
Good dark red. Reduced nose dominated by strawberry and raspberry. Wonderfully silky on entry, then quite closed on the back half, with the element of reduction carrying through on the palate. Showed some enticing dark raspberry and game notes with air. Finishes firmly tannic but not dry. (ST)
Very intense purple fruits with a hint of black pepper and then very luscious fruit. Gorgeous already and quite sinewy. Really racy and pure. (18++/20 points)
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