The 2015 Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes Grand Cru is quite simply one of the best ever produced chez Armand Rousseau. It has what can only be described as a "stunner" of a nose. It just bursts with ripe red cherries, crushed strawberry, minerals, orange blossom and a hint of blueberry. It just gains more and more intensity in the glass. The palate is beautifully balanced with crushed rock on the entry, superb tension and killer precision on the finish. Just the energy here seems to fizz with excitement. This is a fabulous Ruchottes-Chambertin with a long and prosperous future ahead. (NM)
(20% new wood). A moderately high-toned nose combines notes of dark cherry, plum, lavender, earth and a lovely array of spice elements. The sleek and intense middle weight plus flavors possess terrific delineation as well as evident minerality before concluding in a racy finish that is even more powerful than usual. This is impressive and the mouthfeel is one of class and grace thanks to the notably fine-grained tannins shaping the finish. This is seriously good high quality juice that is definitely bigger and more full-bodied than usual but even so it is perhaps less marked by the elevated ripeness level of the 2015 vintage despite the presence of a subtle hint of backend warmth. 2030+
The 2015 Clos des Ruchottes is stunning this year, with more overt structure than any wine up to this point, but also with the sappy purity of fruit and great transparency of the top wines of the vintage. The bouquet is superb, delivering a great blend of red and black cherries, red plums, cocoa, a complex base of minerality, grilled meats, woodsmoke and a touch of vanillin oak (thirty percent new wood was used this year for this cuvée). On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and tangy, with outstanding sappy depth at the core, great transparency, finegrained tannins and simply stunning backend energy and lift on the focused and complex finish. A great wine. 2027-2085.
Saturated bright, dark red. A bit tighter on the nose than the Clos de la Roche, conveying a slightly medicinal cast to its aromas of boysenberry, black cherry and leather. Then sweet and surprisingly pliant on the palate if not quite as thick as the Clos de la Roche, offering more inner-mouth lift to the flavors of griotte cherry and dark berries. Still, this silky wine will require more time to show its full personality. The very long, slowly mounting finish is vibrant and pure. Eric Rousseau told me he found this wine a bit heavy at the outset, but not today. (ST)
Lush, smoky nose with cherry and blueberry aromas. Suave and juicy attack, textured and broad but without any heaviness. There is volume in the mouth, and a good deal of spice and pepper. Good acidity gives a long, harmonious finish. (SB)
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