Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru Clos de Ruchottes (Monopole) 2016

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: 97 Points

    Wine Spectator Online Author: Bruce Sanderson
    Date: Friday, September 6, 2019
    "Alluring, saturated flavors of pure cherry, currant and wild strawberry are at the core of this juicy red. As this evolves on the palate, licorice and spice notes emerge and vibrant acidity kicks in. Beautifully balanced, showing terrific energy and a long aftertaste of fruit, spice and mineral. Best from 2024 through 2045. 76 cases imported."
  • Burghound Author: Allen Meadows
    Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    "(20% new wood). Firm reduction flattens the fruit today but there is a lovely sense of verve and freshness to the intensely mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that possess first-rate delineation on the sleek, youthfully austere and sneaky long finish. This is really quite classy and has already developed impressive depth. While this clearly has the intrinsic stuffing to reward extended cellaring, 5-ish years or so should be sufficient in order to enjoy this beauty."
    Grade: 92-95 points
  • The Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
    Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
    "The 2016 Ruchottes-Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes Grand Cru, which Cyrille described as her “heart wine,” has a superb bouquet with ebullient dark cherries, bergamot, blackberry and briary, wonderful delineation and demonstrating more exuberance than Mugneret-Gibourg (which as affected by frost, whereas Rousseau was not). The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, shimmering red fruit, outstanding mineralité and a subtle crescendo toward the pixilated finish. Is this the finest Ruchottes-Chambertin in 2016? Without a shadow of a doubt."
    Grade: 96-98 points

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