This wine comes from two plots, one being 24, one 60 years old. Thomas Bouley tells us that the vines are planted on a concave hummock which adjoins the village, and is the most northerly section of Les Rugiens Haut. Soils are very thin, often no more than 10cm covering the mother rock, into which the vines roots penetrate for moisture. Unusually for Thomas’ Rugiens, 30% whole cluster bunches went into the vat during fermentation: 2008 and 2016 are the only vintages of this wine that Thomas has not totally destemmed: “the stems, seeds and skins were perfect in 2016 – like in 2008,” says Thomas. “I had a gut feeling that a percentage of whole clusters would be beneficial, adding complexity of aroma and texture to this wine.” The 2016 is rich in both colour and nose, with a palate which shows juicy, expansive, generous fruitiness, crystalline freshness, mineral underlay and harmonious, gently tannic aftertaste. This is a great wine which has a beautiful future ahead of it (for drinking 2023-2040+).
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