Jasper Morris – 94
A fine clear vibrant colour, showing clarity of definition though somewhat reserved, before a hugely generous burst of fruit on the palate, rich ripe strawberries, a little acidity, full-bodied but not over blown. With time in the glass this 2019 Les Ruchots settled down, and should develop into a very fine wine in the years to come. 13.5% alcohol.
JancisRobinson.com – 17
Vines planted 1955. Cask sample. Healthy mid crimson. There’s depth here that draws you in. The Morey floral side is subtle but present, integrated with a light peppery quality to the darker fruit. On the palate, the tannins are super-fine in texture yet firm and dry in effect. Long, refined beauty with a mouth-wateringly dry, persistent finish. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2032
Burghound – 90-93
Once again, overt reduction flattens the underlying fruit. The suave yet reasonably precise medium-bodied flavors possess fine richness and mid-palate volume, all wrapped in a seductive yet forceful finish that is saline, compact and youthfully austere. This needs to develop better depth, but the raw materials appear to be present for that to occur.
Vinous – 92-94
The 2019 Morey-Saint-Denis Les Ruchots 1er Cru is elegant and refined on the nose, a mixture of blackberry, sous-bois and a light sea spray aroma. It just needs to gel together and it should do during the remainder of its barrel maturation. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins. Very Morey in style with a sense of conservatism and linearity on the white pepper-dashed finish, I appreciate its persistence in the mouth. Cellar this for 4-5 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2045