1999 A Rousseau Ruchottes Chamb Clos Des Ruchottes

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The 1999 Clos des Ruchottes is tussling with the 1996 as the best of the decade. Lucid, almost iridescent in color, the bouquet explodes across the sky with voluptuous aromas of cassis, black cherries and vanilla pod. Brilliantly defined and focused, it is utterly beguiling. The palate is very well balanced with silky smooth tannins that just glide across the mouth. Cashmere! It fans out gloriously toward its crescendo with lush plum and blackberry notes, but underneath there is a minerally core to counterbalance the sheer sexiness of this wine. Fabulous, but you need patience to really appreciate it. Drink 2018-2040. Tasted September 2013.

Robert Parker Neal Martin | 94+ RP-NM
Medium-full colour. Hints of maturity. Lovely high-toned, fragrant nose. Medium-full body. Harmonious. Subtle. By no means a blockbuster. Full of soft, plump, very well-balanced fruit. Long. Fine plus. Drinking Window 2003 - 2025.

Decanter | 93 DEC
(Armand Rousseau Ruchottes-Chambertin “Clos des Ruchottes”) The 1999 Ruchottes is destined to be an outstanding bottle of wine with six to eight years of bottle age. The bouquet is deep and a bit youthfully reticent, offering up pure notes of wilds strawberries, coffee, minerals, a hint of chocolate, herb tones, a judicious framing of toasty oak and a bit of youthful stems. On the palate the wine is medium-full, deep and intensely flavored, with the red fruit character of the nose carrying through on the long, tangy and moderately tannic finish. This wine shows fine early complexity, and the note of youthful austerity certainly augurs well for down the road. It is not a blockbuster by any stretch of the imagination, but this will evolve into a dynamite middleweight. (Drink between 2007-2030).

John Gilman | 91 JG

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Vintage 1999
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Comte Armand
Rating 94+ RP-NM
Region Burgundy: Situated just west of the beautiful river Saone, the hills and valleys of Burgundy stand as they have stood since medieval times, and you can almost hear the cheerful chatter of vineyard workers from miles away. Indeed, France's identity in the world of wine would be incomplete without the inclusion of Burgundy and its many viticultural achievements. Every little sub-region of the area boasts a unique soil composition, which, when combined with the area's climate conditions, creates an incredibly diverse and appealing selection of fine wines. Every new bottle is an adventure of its own, and a snapshot of its birthplace. You could spend years sampling great Burgundian wines, and you would still have a lot to learn, which is what makes the region so compelling for veterans and novice wine lovers alike. No matter what your taste in wines may be, there is a winery in Burgundy that could mesmerize your mind and make your senses scream with joy. And what better way to spend a comfy summer afternoon with your friends and family than with a classy bottle from some of the region's most reputable wineries? From the noble slopes of Cote d'Or to the flatlands near various settlements, let us help you on your journey as we explore Burgundy's most delicious and renowned wines.
Type of Wine Burgundy Red: If you have a craving for some beautiful, mind-expanding Pinot Noir, few regions can match the talent and consistency of Burgundy. The grape almost seems like it evolved for this very region, and its essence will stimulate your senses and arouse your imagination. Drink deep and experience almost spiritual enlightenment.
Varietal Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is possibly the most versatile red grape when it comes to the ways it's been used over the years. From red wines to sparkling wines and beyond, there aren't many places where you can avoid hearing about it, and for a good reason. It's often easy to spot a bottle of Pinot Noir simply by the pale, translucent color, which transitions into a shade reminiscent of old-timey brickwork, adding a lovely dash of country charm to an already awe-inspiring drink.
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