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2012 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru

SKU #1235082 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Good deep red with ruby highlights. The nose began tight and oaky but opened with air to show enticing scents of dark raspberry, cherry liqueur, violet and licorice. The richest and sweetest of this set of 2012s, showing noteworthy concentration and breadth to the captivating flavors of berries, flowers and stony minerality. Wonderfully stuffed for an Esmonin wine but with no excess weight--and not a hint of rusticity. Finishes very long and perfumed, with utterly fine-grained tannins. Showing remarkably well following the recent bottling; in fact, I may well be underrating it today. (ST) 94+ Inner quote mark (1/2014)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark As is typically the case chez Esmonin this is more elegant than the Mazy with its pretty and well-layered array of truffle, earth, plum, cassis and spiced scents. There is an abundance of stone nuances and a more sophisticated mouth feel to the well-concentrated middle weight flavors that brim with palate coating dry extract before culminating in a balanced, long and utterly delicious finish. As is also typically the case, this isn't quite as structured or powerful but it's finer and every bit as long. A qualitative choice but note that these two wines are very different from one another. *Sweet Spot* Inner quote mark (4/2014)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark There are five barrels of the 2012 Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru when there are usually ten from Esmonin’s 0.52-hectare parcel of vines and like the Mazis-Chambertin it sees 100% new oak. It has a potent nose that immediately and somewhat curiously reminds me of Indian spices - 'Balti' to be exact (not a trait I have come across often.) The palate is medium-bodied with dense red and black fruit. It is very harmonious with fine structure...this is a fine grand cru. (NM) Inner quote mark (12/2013)

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