2015 Domaine Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru "Clos des Ruchottes" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1326325 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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)  (12/2016)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (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+  (1/2018)

95 points John Gilman

 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.  (1/2017)

93-95 points Vinous

 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)  (1/2017)

93 points Decanter

 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)  (2/2017)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Gevrey Chambertin

- For many wine aficionados, Gevrey Chambertin is the northernmost end of the true Côte d'Or. The largest of all of the communes, it has 9 Grands Crus (Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Chapelle Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin, Griotte Chambertin, Latricieres Chambertin, Mazy Chambertin, Mazoyeres Chambertin and Ruchottes Chambertin). The best Premier Cru wines come form the vineyards nestled along a hill to the west of the village. The Grands Crus are planted in compacted limestone, while the soils in the rest of the village vary as to their clay content. If we are to characterize broadly, the wines are powerful, muscular and need time in the bottle to develop.