Vinous – 95
The 2017 Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru is beautifully defined on the nose, delivering raspberry, wild strawberry and rose petal scents and superb mineralité . The medium-bodied palate displays supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity. Very tight at the moment, possibly a Grand Cru that is entering a closed phase. Yet there is freshness and genuine class here – it just needs time. Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2017 tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2055
Jasper Morris – 95
Bright fulsome purple with an exquisite bouquet. There is a purity on the palate too, perfectly poised, slightly darker raspberry at the back, picked at the pitch of ripeness, long and sensual yet still precise.
Burghound – 92
This is the first wine to display more than a trace of reduction though it’s not so prominent as to dominate the otherwise cool, restrained and elegant wisps of earth, dark berries and a hint of game. The mineral-driven and enveloping middle weight plus flavors possess good muscle and plenty of punch on the mocha-infused, youthfully austere and serious if somewhat linear and compact finish. This is a big wine in the context of what is typical for the vintage and a wine that will require at least some cellaring.
Robert Parker – 96
The 2017 Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru is showing brilliantly from bottle, wafting from the glass with a deep and complex bouquet of wild berries, peonies, potpourri, dark chocolate, cinnamon and sweet soil tones that are even more beautifully integrated than they were when I tasted the wine from barrel last year. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, velvety and enveloping, with a deep and multidimensional core, succulent acids and beautifully refined, powdery tannins, concluding with a long and mineral finish. This is an immensely elegant, graceful Ruchottes that has come together brilliantly.
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2050