1ha06 - East facing
The name " Ruchottes " comes from "Ruchots", the rocksfound on the surface at the entrance atthe lower end of the Clos.
Ruchottes-Chambertin is located above Mazy-Chambertin.
This appellation, consists of three areas, Ruchottes Bas, Ruchottes Haut and Clos des Ruchottes (monopoly of Domaine Rousseau).
There are two veins of rock underneath the Clos, separating it from the rest of the appellation.
It is at the same level as Chambertin.
The soil is composed of a shallow layer of red marl up to the top of the area. It is very pebbly, shallow and not fertile. The vines are based on oolithic limestone dating from Bathonien which desintegrates if frozen producing scree. This soil type forces the roots to go deeper into the rock. This results in a more fragrant, mineral style of wine that is lighter in colour but with a fine and elegant body.
The proximity of Combe Lavaux leads to a later maturity than the other Grands Crus but with a greater freshness.
It is an aromatic and very complex wine with oriental notes of spices and red fruits. Very elegant and delicate wine.