The 2011 Ruchottes-Chambertin is a great wine for the vintage though, possibly predestined to be compared with the otherworldly 2012. It delivers those crystalline crushed strawberry and blueberry notes on the nose, not a million miles away from Bonnes-Mares in style. The palate does not possess the depth or grip of the 2012 or 2014 yet it has a satin-like texture, pitch-perfect acidity and fine tannins that frame an expressive finish. Excellent. Tasted blind in Burgundy.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2042
Discreet but not invisible wood envelopes ripe, cool and exceptionally pure aromas that convey notes of wet stone, truffle, essence of wild red berries and a panoply of earth hints. Interestingly, the nose doesn’t seem quite as ripe as that of the Gevrey 1er though there is clearly more underlying material to the extract-rich, powerful and intensely mineral-driven broad-shouldered flavors that are underpinned by firm but well-integrated tannins and outstanding length on the notably more complex finish. Good stuff.
Robert Parker 95
Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. Despite some reduction, there is clearly plenty of attractive ripe red berry fruit on the nose of Mugneret-Gibourg’s Ruchottes-Chambertin 2011: cranberry, wild strawberry and touches of blueberry. The palate is less masculine and reserved compared to when I tasted it at the domaine at the end of 2013. Here it feels more velvety on the entry. It has a cashmere texture with well-judged acidity and superb structure. The fruit is darker than Christophe Roumier’s Ruchottes, but there is very good weight and persistence on the finish that bodes well for the future.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040