The 2015 Richebourg Grand Cru was actually more immediate on the nose compared to the Echézeaux (usually it is the other way round). Matured in one-third new oak, it offers quite intense yet pure aromas of blackberry, briary, incense, potpourri and crushed stone all with very impressive delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, red and black fruit intermingling and embroidered with orange zest and minerals. I love the delineation and poise expressed by this Richebourg, and the length is one of the best that I have encountered in almost two decades visiting the domaine. Do not, on any account, underestimate this Richebourg. (NM)
Medium red. Soil-driven scents of dark raspberry, strawberry, dried flowers and smoky underbrush; less black in its fruit character than the Clos Vougeot. A bit lower-toned on the palate than the Clos Vougeot, but the wonderfully sweet, impressively concentrated red fruit flavors are enlivened by bright acidity and lifted by mineral and orange zest nuances. Much more closed on the back end, finishing with substantial tongue-dusting tannins. Anne Gros told me she nearly always enjoys drinking her grand crus between 5 and 15 years after the vintage. (ST)
A generously wooded nose displays an array of exuberantly spicy if slightly candied aromas of various dark berries, cinnamon, hoisin and lavender. There is both fine power and punch to the medium weight and mineral-inflected flavors that deliver solid length on the slightly sweet, warm and chewy finish where the oak displayed by the nose reappears. This is somewhat awkward today though it may very well harmonize if given a few years of cellar time.
Yes this is rich on the nose. Real depth and breadth of ripe – really ripe – black fruit. Opulent, not that much acidity, but lots of charm. Quite long. 17/20 Points (JR)
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