2016 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru

SKU #1341838 96 points Wine Spectator

 Very alluring, offering saturated cherry and wild berry fruit, with sandalwood, tobacco and mineral flavors. Beautifully balanced and almost approachable now, with an embedded solid structure. Best from 2023 through 2045.  (10/2018)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A cool, pure and highly restrained nose requires aggressive swirling to liberate the aromas of spice, red and dark cherry and a whiff of truffle. The appealingly textured medium weight flavors brim with both an attractive tension and plenty of minerality though the strikingly persistent finish is overtly austere and backward. This is a classic example of the appellation and really very impressive.  (1/2018)

92 points Vinous

 Bright dark red. Deep, slightly reduced aromas of black raspberry, animal fur and crushed rock. Large-scaled, dense and almost thick, but with its clarity a bit muddled by reduction. Suppler but less sweet and more medicinal than the Mazy and harder to view today; shows at least as much dimension and depth but not quite the lift of the Mazy. The tannins are fine-grained and rather suave. Am I underrating this? (ST)  (1/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Bottled. Mid crimson. A little less expressive than the Estournelles St-Jacques, more reserved. But there’s plenty of oak sweetness entwined with the lightly charry dark fruit. A clear house style. There’s also an attractive lightly dusty note on the nose. On the palate, there’s depth to the tannins but they are already incredibly smooth with a mild grip. The fruit is dark and withheld but all there for a more expressive future. Drink 2024-2032. 17.5/20 points (JH)  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

95pts Tim Atkin (MW): "Sylvie Esmonin omitted to show me this wine when I visited her in Burgundy, so I was delighted to catch up with it in London. Ruchottes, along with Latricières, is always one the freshest and most vibrant of the Gevrey Grands Crus, and that’s the case here, with black cherry and damson fruit underpinned by acidity. The grip on the finish adds a more serious note. 2026-36." (01/2018)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/22/2018 | Send Email
While the 2016 Mazy is a bit more feminine the 2016 Esmonin Ruchottes Chambertin is definitely masculine in style. Notes of black fruits, spice and even a slight graphite note pepper the nose of this wine while on the palate there is ample weight and delineation. Baking spice and dark fruits meld with a coiled palate and firm tannins. A big wine that definitely needs time to completely unfurl.
Drink from 2018 to 2048

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/19/2018 | Send Email
Ruchottes-Chambertin is less concentrated and rich than Mazy but significantly more taut, racy and mineral thanks to rocky, limestone based soil in the vineyard. It's a charming wine with raspberry, black cherry, floral and sous-bois. Very bright, vivid and juicy on the palate with lots of earthy and mineral notes layering that cherry fruit profile.

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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.