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  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Roasted game with mushrooms

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2012 Richebourg Grand Cru, taken directly from a new Francois Frere barrel, is tightly wound on the nose with black cherries, bay leaf and subtle forest floor scents. This is introspective, more inward looking than say, Etienne Grivot’s at this prenatal stage. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded, succulent tannins enveloping layers of vibrant, shimmering black and red fruit loaded with minerals. The fruit is in synch with the wood and it has a very long sweet tail on the finish. This is a true aristocrat, but not necessarily the start of Anne Gros’s show. (NM) 

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Richebourg is a name that evokes richness, even a certain heaviness... which sometimes can be attributed to the confusion some people have.

It is in fact an extraordinary wine in that it combines power with supreme elegance. We often describe it as a peacock's tail. The silky, velvetiness of the tannins is complemented by a minerality which adds powerful depth and makes this grand cru one of the most sensual and complex wines.

 

Its purple colour reflects like a jewel the purity of Pinot Noir. The aromas are extremely complex and express an entire spectrum.
The floral aspect is characterised by notes of peony, roses and violets...
The spicy aspect by notes of licorice, vanilla and coriander...
The fruit aspect by notes of red and black fruit (raspberry, black currant...)
The vegetal aspect by notes of undergrowth, methyl, fresh cut herbs...

 

The exotic aspect by notes of leather and musk... notes of caramel and chocolate bring it all together. It is a wine which with age becomes more and more earthy (humus, wet undergrowth) and wild (animal fur...). The food and wine pairings are many, but a dish must never be over complicated once you decide to open a Richebourg. The simplest mix of flavours gives the best results. The fundamental rule is to avoid suffocating this wine with heavier dishes.

Red meat and roasted game with mushrooms (morels, truffles, ceps...) and onion confit, along with a dash of spice form a magnificent combination. Mild cheeses (compté, reblochon, cîteaux...) are also excellent companions.

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Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy

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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Richebourg 2012  ( Anne Gros )

"Bright ruby. Elegant, scented, detailed, fruity and nuanced nose, red berries, floral. Fresh acidity, ripe tannins, fruity, elegant texture, superb balance, nuanced, fantastic length. 96"

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