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2015 Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1328341 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 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)  (12/2016)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (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+  (1/2018)

95 points John Gilman

 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)  (11/2016)

93-95 points Vinous

 (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)  (1/2017)

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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.