2015 Armand Rousseau Ruchottes Chambertin Clos Des Ruchottes

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Wine Critic Reviews for 2015 Armand Rousseau Ruchottes Chambertin Clos Des Ruchottes

(Ruchottes-Chambertin “Clos des Ruchottes”- Domaine Armand Rousseau) 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, fine-grained tannins and simply stunning backend energy and lift on the focused and complex finish. A great wine. (Drink between 2027-2085)

John Gilman | 95+ JG
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.

Burghound | 95 BH
Tasted from bottle, the 2015 Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes Grand Cru is one of the highlights of the 2015 vintage at Domaine Armand Rousseau, bursting from the glass with a stunning bouquet of raspberry, peony, orange peel, cocoa and wood smoke. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, pure and elegant, with a taut chassis of fine tannins, excellent concentration and a lovely line of acidity that lends this Ruchottes-Chambertin superb precision on the finish. I'd argue that it surpasses the domaine's Clos Saint-Jacques this year.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 95 RP
Good medium red. Deep aromas and flavors of raspberry, mocha and minerals lifted by spicy high notes; very ripe but not at all cooked. Sweet, penetrating and fine-grained, with firm acidity contributing to its impression of structure. This solidly tannic wine is quite closed today (Cyrielle Rousseau described it as "a baby bully") and will need patience.

Vinous Media | 93+ VM
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.

Decanter | 93 DEC

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Vintage 2015
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 95+ JG
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.
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