Just as dark as the Clos Vougeot, but even more prodigiously concentrated, the Richebourg is among the blackest and inkiest (both in color and taste) Pinot Noirs I have tasted. Exhibiting sweet Asian spices and grilled black fruits on the nose, this behemoth is a rich, chewy, rugged, silky-textured wine packed with super-ripe, highly-concentrated ripe berries. Possessing impressive depth and structure, this wine may well deserve a higher rating when it has had time to soften out. Drink 2005-2015+. (PR)
Deep red-ruby. Reticent but very ripe aromas of red and black fruits, licorice, truffle and smoke. Fat, suave and multilayered; less immediately sweet than the huge Clos Vougeot but more refined. A complete wine, with an uncanny harmony of components. Finishes with extremely fine tannins that coat the entire mouth. Totally different in shape from the Clos Vougeot: some tasters may prefer that wine for its sheer size and sweetness, but this is superb Richebourg. (ST)
Beautifully rendered and now mostly mature fruit that offers exquisite detail and a refined yet earthy character is followed by fine, relatively rich and intense flavors that culminate in a wonderfully long finish where the '96 style acidity is prominent enough to notice but not to dominate. For my taste, while this could be drunk now with reasonable pleasure, I will cellar my remaining bottles for another 4 to 5 years first because at that time this should be approaching its peak. Note however that this has the balance and acid backbone to live for another 25 years. Multiple and consistent notes. (AM)
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