Grivot's 2006 Richebourg unsurprisingly displays a richness, meaty substantiality, and carnal depth that go beyond the other wines in his current collection. Peat, myriad tobaccos, black tea, roasted game, faded lilies, toasted praline, and dark fungal and forest floor elements kaleidoscopically scent the nose, and carry onto a sumptuously-, silkenly-textured, wet stone-lined, yet juicy, buoyant, and dynamic palate. While this wine is not about fruits and berries, it offers black cherries and purple plums to spare. The finish here perpetuates the seemingly paradoxical alliance of grip with levity; caress with vibrancy; and concentration with elegance that characterize many of the finest wines of the vintage. Grivot tasted it with me for the first time after bottling and remarked that he was amazed at what it had gained – not to mention how little if anything it had lost – in the process. You could safely plan on following this masterpiece for 15-20 years. (DS)
Excellent purity and depth highlight the aromas and flavors in this reserved, aristocratic red. Concentrated flavors of cherry, currant, mineral and spice play out on the dense texture, and the fine, ripe tannins and long finish reveal its potential for aging. Best from 2012 through 2027. (BS)
The beautifully spicy nose of black pinot fruit and a host of subtle Asian sauce nuances, including hoisin and soy, is just beginning to display some secondary characters. There is impressively good concentration to the serious and tautly muscled mineral-suffused broad-shouldered flavors that brim with dry extract that really coats the palate on the vibrant, hugely long and explosive finish. This distinctly firm and robust old school effort is really most impressive though note well that it is nowhere near being ready but it should be great when it finally arrives at its apogee.
Good full deep red. Very pure aromas of cassis, dark raspberry, minerals and nutty oak. Like liquid silk on entry, then vibrant yet seamless in the middle, with terrific density and energy to its dark raspberry and mineral flavors. Finishes impressively long, with mounting, tongue-dusting tannins. This seemed to close down in the glass, then roared back with a bit of aeration to show explosive black fruits. Should be long-lived for the vintage. (ST) 94+
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