The Ruchottes-Chambertin vineyard is situated on the Côte de Nuits, along the famous Route des Grands Crus of Burgundy. Its closest neighbors are the Mazis-Chambertin, to the south, and the Clos-de-Bèze, to the southwest. Planted by the Romans around the 5th century BC, before its expansion thanks to the monks of Cluny, this tiny vineyard (only 3,3 hectares of land) is now among the greatest appellations found in the Burgundy wine region. Only one grape variety is available here: the Pinot Noir, which grows in the limestone and clay soils of the Gevrey-Chambertin commune.
The name of this appellation comes from the word "ruchot", used to describe a rock jutting out of the ground. The word appeared in 1508, according to some texts. In total, there are 27 parcels located in the Ruchottes-Chambertin area of appellation, among which the Clos des Ruchottes (owned by the Domaine Rousseau), the Ruchottes du Dessus, the Ruchottes du Bas… Since the Ruchottes-Chambertin is classified as Grand Cru, it has to adhere to very specific guidelines (in effect since 2010). The vineyard has an output of 112 hectoliters of wine per year.
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