Ruchottes Chambertin, Grand Cru, SHC, 2013

  Georges Roumier

Contains Sulphites.

About Georges Roumier

The Domaine was estalished by Georges Roumier in 1924, who went on to instigate the practice of domaine bottling his family’s wines in 1945. Today the Domaine has been expanded to 11.8 hectares over 9 appellations and is run by Georges Roumier’s Grandson, Christophe. Christophe makes the wine as naturally as possible, vines are hand-tended, the wine undergoes a controlled fermentation with maceration before and after, and the wines rest sur lie in barriques for as long as possible, usually 16 to 18 months. The long slow ageing enables these wines to be bottled without filtration. 15-25% new oak is used for the village appellations whilst 40-50% is used for the 1ers and Grand Crus. The result is intense, noble red Burgundy.

Appellation: Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru

Ruchottes-Chambertin is a small Grand Cru within the Gevrey Chambertin commune spanning 3.50ha. The soils are poor, rocky and limestone based which results in wines of a racy, mineral, taut character which can be extremely fine indeed and, whilst a little reserved when young, flesh out well with age. Some of the best examples are from Mugneret, Esmonin, Roumier and Rousseau, the last of these owns in its entirety the outstanding monopole Clos des Ruchottes, covering 1.06ha. within the Ruchottes Chambertin vineyard.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.