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
Robert Parker 96
Intriguing to compare this directly with the Richebourg 1996 from Leroy: two different styles, both virtuous. Firstly, the DRC appears more mature than Leroy, with a more distinct tawny, brick red rim. The nose is closed at first, and then develops into a lovely, a oewarma bouquet of wild strawberry, hot bricks, cherry and a touch of black coffee. The palate is a reluctant extrovert, bashful at first but then evolving into a stunning; rich wine with ripe cherry, raspberry, plum and cooked meats, all with a refreshing citrus edge. Very good acidity. For me, this is just a little more engaging than Leroy’s Richebourg. The persistency on the finish augurs for a long-lasting wine. Drinking 2010-2035. Tasted November 2006.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035
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.