Robert Parker 98
Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Ruchottes Chambertin Grand Cru has a flamboyant and expressive nose, the kind the rushes out of the glass to give your sense a ginormous hug – maraschino, cranberry and orange sorbet, and with aeration that initial exuberance is replaced by almost ineffable finesse. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin and fine acidity, pure in the mouth with a caressing, harmonious texture towards the finish. This is a seriously fine, outstanding grand cru that has a glorious future ahead. This must sure be Mugneret-Gibourg? So it turns out. It’s just a whisker away from perfection.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040