Dark ruby-red. The most complex on the nose of these terrific 2015s, offering musky scents of dark raspberry, tobacco, mocha, iron, saffron and nutmeg; spicier in the early going than the Croix Noires, which is not usually the case. Displays full ripeness and a suggestion of liqueur de prunelle, offering outstanding concentration without weightiness. Big, late-arriving tannins build on the whiplash of a finish. This marne-rich soil suffered a bit from drought in 2015, according to Confuron, but the wine nonetheless demonstrates full flavor development and ripe tannins and should evolve very slowly.(ST)
In contrast to the prior wines, here the nose is quite firmly reduced and unreadable today. On the plus side this too is nothing short of massively concentrated, ripe and sumptuously opulent with a subtle minerality that helps to add lift to the borderline thick and ever-so-slightly warm finish. This too is most impressive in its fashion though to call it particular would be an understatement.
The Rugiens' fruit tones are deep-pitched, with suggestions of blueberry mingling with dark berry aromas and notes of juniper, rich soil and chocolate. On the palate the wine leads with an ample, rich attack, but assertive tannins rapidly clamp down on the hard, mineral-inflected finish. While this is clearly differentiated from the Grand Clos des Epenots this is a very distinctive style of winemaking which could not be called classical.Drinking Window 2035 - 2065.(WK)
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