The 2015 Ruchottes Chambertin Grand Cru, located in the lieu-dit of Ruchottes du Bas, was matured in around 75% new oak with a little more François Frères, which Christine feels is suitable for this vineyard. It has a composed and beautifully defined bouquet with intense red and black fruit, hints of cold limestone and shucked oyster shell. There is just outstanding mineralité and terroir expression, despite the percentage of new oak that frankly is barely noticeable. The palate is medium-bodied with a velvety texture, a killer line of acidity; it is structured and mineral-driven, delivering a crescendo of flavors that fan out towards the persistent finish. It constitutes a blissful 2015 red Burgundy from one of its greatest terroirs.(NM)
(from 55+ year old vines). This possesses a completely different aromatic expression with its very ripe yet restrained nose that features sauvage, earth and mocha-inflected red and dark currant aromas that are set off by moderately prominent wood toast notes. In the same vein, the middle weight and tautly muscular flavors exhibit a distinctly different texture while delivering the same excellent depth and persistence on the youthfully austere and equally structured finale. This is clearly built for extended aging and I would recommend not touching a bottle for at least a decade. 2033+
The 2015 Ruchottes-Chambertin from Domaine Mugneret is a bit cooler and more reserved in profile than the other two grand crus here this year, but there is nothing wrong with that! The bouquet is pure, refined and very soil-driven in personality, offering up scents of blackberries, black cherries, raw cocoa, a fine base of dark soil tones, incipient meatiness, woodsmoke and cedar. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and focused, with plenty of mid-palate stuffing, excellent transparency, fine-grained tannins and a long, tangy and youthful finish. This may well be the least flamboyant wine in the Mugneret cellars this year, but over the long haul, this may also have the finest potential! A marvelous wine. (Drink between 2027-2075)
(half old vines and the other half from vines replanted in 2000): Dark red-ruby. Utterly distinctive, complex nose offers scents of dark raspberry, game, mocha, underbrush and dried flowers. At once silky and penetrating, with terrific acidity nicely buffered by the wine's tactile minerality. As much red fruits as black in the mouth, in the style of the vintage's more exhilarating examples. Complicated by notes of pepper and chocolate and lifted on the back end by a whiff of orange zest. The tannins are wonderfully suave. A beauty in the making, with the young-vines fruit (which were used to make a Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru through 2011 before being blended into this wine) giving it a juicy quality that it might otherwise have lacked.(ST)
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