Robert Parker – 95
Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. Despite some reduction, there is clearly plenty of attractive ripe red berry fruit on the nose of Mugneret-Gibourg’s Ruchottes-Chambertin 2011: cranberry, wild strawberry and touches of blueberry. The palate is less masculine and reserved compared to when I tasted it at the domaine at the end of 2013. Here it feels more velvety on the entry. It has a cashmere texture with well-judged acidity and superb structure. The fruit is darker than Christophe Roumier’s Ruchottes, but there is very good weight and persistence on the finish that bodes well for the future.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040
Vinous – 94
(aged in 70% new oak; the last vintage made entirely with old vines): Bright medium red. Lively aromas of cranberry, pomegranate, cherry, spices and rose petal. Two steps up in texture and intensity from the young-vines version (i.e., the Gevrey Premier Cru), showing a refined, silky texture to the crunchy flavors of pomegranate, flowers and spices. Consistent from start to long, supple, palate-coating finish. This lovely wine boasts considerable early appeal but has the balance and density to age gracefully for at least 10 or 15 years.