Initially this opens with just enough reduction to push the fruit to the background so if you’re going to try a bottle anytime soon I would strongly suggest decanting it first. Once the reduction clears off there are airy and cool notes of Asian-style green tea, truffle and an array of red berry fruit scents. The intense and intensely mineral-driven middle weight flavors display excellent vibrancy on the beautifully long if ever-so-slightly edgy and youthfully austere finish where a hint of warmth arises. This is still relatively compact and while it could be drunk now I would advise holding it for at least another 5 years first, and 10 would likely be better, to allow the tannins to continue to mellow and the finish to flesh out further. Tasted on several occasions recently with largely consistent notes.
Robert Parker 95
The 2002 Clos des Ruchottes was one of the standout wines, despite it being first poured at this epochal vertical. Even returning to my glass after two hours, it continued to unfold and bedazzle. It has an utterly fragrant bouquet with fresh raspberry, creme de cassis, violets and incense that is verging on hypnotic. There is brilliant delineation, of course. The palate is medium-bodied with perfectly judged acidity, a shimmering sense of poise and purpose, and stunning mineralite toward the finish. Utterly divine, I would be stacking my cellar to the rafters with this if I could still afford it. Drink 2015-2035. Tasted September 2013.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035
Clive Coates 18
From “My Favorite Burgundies” Medium-full colour. Just a whiff of reduction at first. Fullish body. Very good grip. Nicely austere. Very lovely, slightly cool fruit. Fragrant at the end. Fine plus.
Good medium red-ruby color. Wild, perfumed aromas of black raspberry, flowers, chocolate and earth. Rich, sweet, silky and plump, but also nicely delineated. Notes of fresh herbs and licorice. I find the same chocolatey note of torrefaction I picked up in this wine a year ago. Comes across as a bit less vibrant and penetrating today than the Clos de la Roche.
John Gilman 91
The first sample we tasted of the Ruchottes was out of a new barrel, and much like the Rousseau Clos de la Roche, it was a bit laid back and lacking in definition. The second sample was out of a two year-old barrel, and it was to my palate a much more precise and interesting example. As the new oak will only constitute twenty percent of the final cuvée, I have to think that it will not take anything away from the finished wine. The nose on the older barrel was quite good, offering up notes of plums, dark berries, grilled meats, herb tones, espresso, earth and a bit of spice. On the palate the wine is medium-full, complex and displays the same core of fruit as is found in the Charmes and Mazis. The finish is long, shows good nascent vinosity, and has fine acids and moderate tannins. This has good potential.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2030