Frederic Esmonin Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Burgundy 2017
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Domaine Frédéric Esmonin, from Burgundy's Gevrey-Chambertain appellation, is a true family collaboration that consists of Frederic, his father, André, and his mother, Michele. They have been farming their 10-acres of family vineyards for generations and selling their fruit to the likes of Drouhin, Jadot, and Leroy. In 1988 they began to commercialize their own labels today they are producing consistently high-quality, beautiful wines that represent a great value considering their pedigree.
Ruchottes is a very small Grand Cru, divided into three lieu-dits: Ruchottes du Dessus, Clos des Ruchottes and Ruchottes du Bas, which sits directly above Mazy-Chambertin Haut. The top sections of the Ruchottes are quite steep, with very shallow, and very poor topsoil due to erosion, whereas the lower sections are not quite as infertile. The wines from Ruchottes tend to be characterized as being more structured than other grand crus, but in reality they are finely fruited and more detailed, causing them to appear to be more structured than wines with a heavier fruit profile. The 60 year old vines work their way through the fractured Premeaux and Oolite limestone which lies just beneath the surface. Some Pinot Beurrot in this parcel gives the wine an added measure ofgras, notes Frédéric Esmonin” (Tanzer 2/2016).