Three out of the eight pièces were new. Only 10% lost to frost. Half the vines are 75 years old and the other half 50 years. Tank sample. Mid garnet. Very heady and gorgeous on the nose. Almost DRC-like. Masses of sweet gorgeous fruit with both acidity and very fine tannins. Irresistible! Playful and totally hedonistic, though not remotely heavy. Violets and something of the forest about it. Surely it will become more complex but it would give pleasure already. Long. Was heavily reduced, apparently. Great lift.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2040
Robert Parker 95
The 2016 Richebourg Grand Cru is showing brilliantly from bottle, soaring from the glass with a complex aromatic melange of raspberries, plums, Egyptian musk, espresso roast, Asian spices and rose petal. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and satiny, with superb depth and concentration at the core, an auspicious sense of structural tension and reserve and a long, fragrant and expansive finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2050
Good full red. Brooding, very pure aromas of dark raspberry and crushed stone. Wonderfully stylish and supple on entry, then broader, plusher and more deeply pitched in the middle palate than the Clos Vougeot but very backward today, showing less primary fruit character and more salty minerality. Not displaying quite the early cut or definition of the Clos Vougeot but the tannins are plush and the finish boasts terrific subtle length. This wine appears to possess the spine for long aging and should eventually surpass the Clos Vougeot.
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2040