Robert Parker 94
The 2011 Richebourg was picked on 7 and 8 September at 28.36hl/ha. It has a very pure bouquet, a mixture of blackberry, raspberry leaf, freshly tilled meadow and a touch of cold stone. It is not a powerful bouquet, but delineated and very focused. The palate is not dissimilar to the Grands Echezeaux on the entry: linear and poised with crisp brambly red fruit. But it swerves another way mid-through, developing a wonderful candied core of strawberry and Morello and a caressing finish sending ripples of pleasure across the senses. In many ways it is a self-effacing Richebourg with charm and candour, but I Richebourg that I suspect may be deceptively long lived. The Richebourg 2011 is a fair prince rather than a grand king. 931 cases produced. Drink 2018-2035.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035
Bright, dark red. Darker in its fruit character than the RSV, offering scents of black cherry, candied blackberry, cocoa powder and violet, with a distinct medicinal reserve. Large-scaled, dense and pure, showing noteworthy muscle to the flavors of blueberry liqueur and spices. Classically dry and very long on the back end. Less likable today than the RSV but the finishing fruit is explosive.