Bottled and tasted at the Domaine. The Richebourg demands some coaxing from the glass, but eventually reveals some lovely dark cherry fruit, a touch of bergamot and fresh apricot, with tangible underlying mineralite. The palate has a sweet, precocious entry reined in by the citric thread of acidity. Lovely balance and finesse that belies the power that comes through on the finish. Tasted January 2011. (NM-Wine Journal)
Good bright, deep red. Wonderfully vibrant aromas of raspberry, flowers, blood orange, cardamom and cocoa powder. Offers an uncanny combination of silky texture and sappy energy, with the brisk red berry and floral flavors accented by licorice and medicinal herbs. This is actually less backward today than the Clos Vougeot, but should enjoy a slow and glorious evolution in the bottle. The vibrant, slowly mounting finish features firm tannins and outstanding grip and length. (ST)
Very deep ruby color that is almost opaque. Noticeable if not dominant wood frames very ripe and overtly spicy aromas of cassis, plum liqueur and anise. There is very find density to the exceptionally rich, suave and round broad-shouldered flavors that coat the palate with dry extract and serves to buffer the still moderately firm tannic spine on the sappy and lingering finish. Like many '09s today, while this is nowhere near its peak, it is sufficiently ripe that it could easily be enjoyed young. I should further note that though the '09 Riche is clearly a wine of quality it's riper than I personally prefer.
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