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Richebourg can often be quite closed at this point in its development, but the comparative brightness and charm of the 2017 vintage are apparent here too. Earthy, savoury, slightly animal aromas with some fresh tobacco notes from whole bunch fermentation lead you into a palate that is sappy, chiseled and focused, with notes of pomegranate, redcurrant and citrus, scented, framing oak and impressive underlying grip, intensity and depth. Drinking Window 2027 - 2037.
The 2017 Richebourg Grand Cru offers up generous aromas of ripe strawberries, raspberries, cinnamon and coniferous forest floor, framed by a lavish application of creamy new oak that's less immediately integrated than in the Domaine's other wines at this early stage. On the palate, the Richebourg is full-bodied, rich and multidimensional, with a lavishly enveloping attack and supple structuring tannins that are almost entirely concealed by its deep core of fruit. Long and sapid, this is a spectacular wine in the making.
Richebourg displays a slightly more vegetal aroma, along with spices, verging on black cherry. Rich, dense and showing more flesh than the RSV, its structure is broader and tannins more tightly knit (95 points, non-blind.
A discreet application of wood frames the even more complex and spicier nose of relatively high-toned, cool and airy aromas of red berries, violet, rose petal, orange pekoe tea and a hint of leather. The sleek, intense and sophisticated middle weight plus flavors brim with both minerality and dry extract that buffers the slightly firmer tannic spine shaping the hugely long, powerful and beautifully harmonious finale. It would be fair to observe that this isn't the most concentrated Richebourg the Domaine has ever produced but it is one that should age effortlessly on its balance. In sum, this is a highly refined and elegant Riche with a positively gorgeous mouthfeel.
The 2017 Richebourg Grand Cru was picked on September 8 and 10 at 37hl/ha and bottled from February 20 until March 25. It has a very fragrant and floral bouquet that would be easier to conflate with Romanée-Saint-Vivant, which was served after the Richebourg. The seductive nose reveals rose petals, vivid red fruit and a touch of sea spray. The palate is medium-bodied with tangy orange and marmalade veins on the entry, and plenty of red fruit that segues into a much more reserved finish. Some might argue that this is a bit of a lightweight Richebourg; rather, it is one that prioritizes grace and elegance, to use the words of Aubert de Villaine. 1,261 cases produced. Tasted at Corney & Barrow’s annual in-bottle tasting in London.
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