The 2017 Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes Grand Cru has a pixelated bouquet that really expresses the limestone soils of this vineyard: subtle pressed iris scents infuse the red berry fruit, all with brilliant delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin. There is a fine bead of acidity here, again, a little spicy (the leitmotif throughout the Rousseau range) with impressive grip and persistence on the finish. Excellent.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2040
Robert Parker 92-94
At least based on these barrel samples, the 2017 Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos des Ruchottes has the edge over the Clos Saint-Jacques this year, soaring from the glass with a fragrant bouquet of red cherries, raspberries, spices and orange rind. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, satiny and incisive with good concentration at the core, tangy acids and chalky structuring tannins.
A very pretty and ultra-fresh nose offers up airy, cool and elegant liqueur-like aromas of essence of red cherry that are cut with a plenitude of floral, spice and earth nuances that are trimmed in just enough wood to notice. The mouthfeel of the medium-bodied, tautly muscular and even more mineral-driven flavors is relatively refined while delivering superb length on the almost painfully intense and beautifully delineated finish. This is also built-to-age but as is usually the case, this is a combination of finesse and punch where it will mature on balance. This too is textbook. Drink 2037+. Dont miss!