Vineyard: A .69 hectare parcel of the lower section of this premier cru site aquired by the estate in 1940.
Soil: The name Rugiens, a derivative of rouge, describes the reddish color of the soil due to its high iron content
Viticulture: Hand harvested and farmed using sustainable methods
Vinification: Wines are de-stemmed and then vinified in large wooden casks using indigenous yeasts as well as an extended maceration.
Aging: Aged in barriques, of which a very small percentage is new.
(from a .69 ha parcel). This offers a step up in aromatic elegance with its cool, pure and highly complex nose of extract of plum, violets, soft earth and red cherry. There is excellent intensity and drive to the overtly mineral-laden and impressively concentrated flavors that possess a taut muscularity before culminating in an explosively long finale. This too possesses a mild backend edginess but in this case the maturity of the tannins is more complete and this has a higher likelihood of coming together with time in bottle. 91/2023+
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
The Domaine Gaunoux Rugiens Bas 2013 is also outstanding and really is showing fine depth and early dimension in this vintage. Like all of the 2013s chez Gaunoux, the Rugiens Bas really shows great purity and precision on both the nose and palate, with the bouquet offering up a nascently complex constellation of cherries, beetroot, citrus zest, lovely minerality, a touch of currant leaf and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and shows lovely intensity at the core, with ripe tannins, fine focus and grip and a long, tangy and beautifully balanced finish. This will be stellar in the fullness of time. 2023-2065+.