The 1996 Richebourg Grand Cru is a wine that I have drunk several times. The intense nose has opened a little since my last encounter, evolving to offer enticing scents of violet and earthenware notes; a hint of brine emerges with time. The palate is as introverted as previous bottles but opens with blackberry, meat juices and briar. There is quite a sharp line of acidity that keeps it edgy in style, and still that persistent finish. Superb. Tasted at the domaine with Bertrand de Villaine.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2045
Beautifully fresh and defined pinot fruit with tightly focused, somewhat one-dimensional flavors and acceptable length. This has shown much better in the past and unlike most in this range, this seemed to be completely shut down and revealing nothing, even after extended airing. While I have never thought the ’96 was a truly great DRC Richebourg, this did not show particularly well relative to what I believe is its true potential.