Ruchottes Chambertin, Domaine Armand Rousseau 1999
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Producer note: The irrepressible Charles Rousseau had lots to say about his 99s, though he stopped short of saying they were better than his critically maligned 98s (though not by this critic). As many growers reported, Charles said that the grapes were extremely thick skinned and very ripe though he was quick to point out that the quality of the fruit was not roasted like it was in 90 and 97. Overall, he didn't say what his yields were, only that the overall yield for the domaine was less than it was in 96, a year in which the Rousseau wines were nothing less than brilliant, at least among the "big 3".
Tasting note: Deep ruby color bursting with black fruit. Sweet, supple and very sappy all laced with pronounced notes of truffle and earth. There is good intensity and solid length. As the Ruchottes sometimes does, it makes an excellent case to join the "big 3" in terms of overall quality.
|Score: 88/90||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (1), January 2001|
The medium to dark ruby-coloured 1999 Ruchottes Chambertin Clos des Ruchottes has raspberry, cherry, and toasted oak aromas. It has a gorgeous depth of red currant, cherry, and smoky, oak-laced, blackberry flavours. It is complex, fresh, and medium-bodied. Its admirably long finish reveals loads of sweet, supple tannin.
|Score: 88/90+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (136), August 2001|
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