Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Ruchottes (Monopole) 2012

Domaine Armand Rousseau

Terroir: This Rousseau monopole of just over 3 acres sits perched just above Mazy-Chambertin and is the most northern of Burgundies Grand Crus.

Vinification: Grapes are meticulously sorted as they arrive in the winery. Following a cool maceration lasting 5-7 days the must travels by gravity into barrel where it will stay for the entire vinification process lasting typically 18-24 months. Each Armand Rousseau wine is blended unfiltered.

Additional Information

Exquisite freshness. A mineral wine with a certain untouchable elegance all the while possessing a delicate and soft expression of its terroir.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Ruchottes-Chambertin
  • Winemaker: Eric Rousseau
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Limestone, clay
  • Vineyard Acreage: 3 acres
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Sizes Available: 6/750
  • Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir

Recent Press

  • Score: 94 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: William Kelley
    Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
    "The 2012 Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos des Ruchottes is showing beautifully, even if it's still a handful of years away from prime-time drinking, wafting from the glass with aromas of wild berries, plums, peonies, orange rind and a deft framing of oak vanillin from its used cooperage. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and elegant, with beautifully refined tannins and this cuvée's signature purity of fruit, it concludes with a long and penetrating finish."
  • Score: 93 Points

    Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Monday, March 16, 2015
    "Bright medium red. Superripe aromas of black and purple fruits, violet and licorice, complicated by leather and game nuances. Highly concentrated, very ripe and palate-staining, with the black fruit and menthol flavors lifted by a note of violet. Finishes with a suggestion of chocolatey ripeness and outstanding breadth. Perhaps not as classy as its 2013 sibling but surprisingly easy to taste today."
  • Score: 94 Points

    Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
    "This is beautifully elegant with its airy and cool yet markedly ripe nose of lavender, black raspberry, truffle and spiced plum scents. The sleek, well-delineated, intense and mineral-driven medium weight plus flavors possess fine mid-palate concentration before terminating in an attractively vibrant, harmonious and strikingly persistent finale. Lovely stuff that should age brilliantly well."

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