Here too there is enough reduction present to push the underlying fruit to the background. Otherwise there is breathtakingly good concentration to the broad-shouldered, succulent and lavishly rich flavors that also possess an almost haunting inner mouth perfume of spice and floral elements. There is superb power and buckets of dry extract and despite the imposing size and weight this remains refined and immaculately well-balanced on the massively long finale. I was knocked out by the potential this demonstrated but note well that it is a wine to buy and forget as this is going to need 20 to 30 years to reach its full apogee.
Dark ruby-red, a shade lighter than the Cros Parantoux and Brûlées. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, boysenberry, licorice, flowers, musky roast coffee and crushed-rock minerality. Wonderfully spherical, dark and profound, displaying a tight but utterly suave grain and strong saline minerality. The wine's superconcentrated black fruit flavors mount slowly and carry spectacularly on the rising finish. A monumental wine in the making. (ST)
A heady nose, more black fruit than red, hedonistic and sumptuous. The dense attack is super-concentrated but not heavy-handed or extracted. There is power but not at the expense of elegance. Magnificent, full of energy, and very long. Drinking Window 2020-2038. (SB)
The 2015 Richebourg Grand Cru has an expressive bouquet, a little earthier than the 2015 Cros Parantoux, more reserved and statesmanlike, though at the same time it shows impressive clarity and gains stature with every swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with superb, quite robust tannin that lend this Richebourg the arching structure that can define this vineyard. There is some some new oak to be absorbed on the finish, but there is great density and length. Does it have the flamboyance of the Cros Parantoux? Let's see - my bets are with the premier cru at present. I suspect that this will be an imposing Richebourg with time, as Jean-Nicolas Méo himself commented. (NM)
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