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Average critic rating : 98.0 points
The 2012 Ruchottes Chambertin Grand Cru is the first vintage where the younger vines (12 years old) were blended with the older vines. Initially it is introspective on the nose, but it gradually opens with incredible purity and mineralité. The palate is perfectly balanced with a keen thread of acidity cutting through the pure blackberry and raspberry fruit, touches of citrus peel, flint and sous-bois. This is a very complex Ruchottes-Chambertin, but it’s one of those wines that delivers incredible intensity on the peacock’s tail of a finish. I admit – this was one where I swallowed the wine - an utterly beguiling Ruchottes-Chambertin that will charm your socks off.||It is always a pleasure to return to one of my favorite growers in Burgundy. Tasting with Marie-Christine, she told me that they wait two or three months after the blending to allow the wine to settle. They push the wine using neutral gas (nitrogen) to obviate the use of pumps. "It is important to have a delicate bottling," she told me. "Bottling is the last moment that we can do something to the wine." The other nugget of information that she told me was that the first vintage of Ruchottes-Chambertin, the 1977, was not bottled because there was an inexplicable and undesirable smokiness in the wine. I was not moved to give the 2012 Ruchottes-Chambertin a perfect score on this occasion - I'm ruthlessly strict on bestowing "perfection" upon a wine. What is more important in my opinion, is that anyone lucky enough to have a bottle of this wine in their cellar, is in possession of an exquisite, beguiling Grand Cru. And let's see how it unfolds in the future. eRobertParker.com.June, 2015
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