We had a lineup of 11 bottles of Richebourg that night, which was totally rare event. We had 5 blind flights, and every flight gave us a better quality Richebourg label, and the grand finale was an unblinded bottle of a “highest prized Richebourg”that made all other makers pale in comparison!
Richebourg is a burgundy that requires at least 20 years of aging before it’s approachable! Richebourg produces wines of ample richness. Though seldom sweet, the flavors are so rich they are seen as heavy and that amuse the wine lovers!
I didn’t have much luxury to drink Richebourg, obviously it’s not a daily wine for me. But for the 2 Jean Grivot I ever had (1998 & 2000), I now realize that it really takes 2 decades to mature. Nose of massive dark and red cherries, and I love the very refined oaks, probably new oaks.
Richebourg is a legend in the wine world, now on a par with the most impressive multiple owner Grand Cru vineyards such as Musigny. Lies in the village of Vosne Romanee and surrounded by other Grands Crus, many are also considered to be the creme de la crème wines in the world! Richebourg earned its own status symbol, winning respect by Burgundy league and the top cuvees are prized as among the best red wines in the world.
Ok let’s get down to the real business. Someone is generous enough to contribute a bottle of champagne to wet our palate;Champagne served was a Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2002.
This champagne was perhaps the boldest and heaviest champagne I ever had in my life! Palate was simply extremely syrupy & rich. One of the boldest and fattest champagne I’ve ever had. The finishing was relatively long, although not so precise. Very ripe apple and low acidity. 4.5/5!
All served blind…
except this ‘highest prized bottle’ which I will reveal soon!
A gentleman generously contributed this white burgundy to start off with after our champagne. Loads of notes. Nose: sweet mangoes, chlorine, faint fragrance, faint oak, fruity. 3 hours later and while the wine was warm, oily and funky oak. This winemaker only use used oaks barrels. Good mid palate, good length & finishing, almost syrupy, sourish ending. Turned leaner when warmed up, with pomelo bitter skin.
The Dauvissat style is for long lasting, complex, minerally wines and of very high quality. One uniqueness I learn from Dauvissat wine is they have this purity and intensity of flavor seldom seen in Chablis today. And I think this Chablis needs at least another decade to blossom, although I have no idea what will make it blossom in 2026? Just based upon instinct and my drinking experience. Still, Vincent Dauvissat along with Raveneau are arguably the finest domaines in Chablis! 4/5!
Ok let’s roll the Richebourg tasting now!
How often do we have such a lineup of almost all Richebourg labels displayed under the sun? With apologies to the absence of the following Richebourg producers: Thibault Liger Belair, Leroy, Mongeard Muneret and Albert Bichot. This bottle caught my attention initially. It is in fact an extraordinary wine that combines power with supreme elegance. The silkiness and soft velvety of the tannins that comes with the minerality which adds powerful depth is what makes this grand cru one of the most sensual and complex wines. Palate was very pleasant and smooth, melts in the mouth, good fruits, easy to drink. Bouquet of very steely, rich, slightly barnyard, dried flowers and particularly dried rose petals nose. Unfortunately, it went downhill quickly and didn’t have a solid ending. 4/5!
The next wine in our flight 1 is unfortunately… pretty bad.
This bottle was not in good condition, so you should not use my notes as a reference. Sourish, sour cherries, slightly oxidized, and faint oak on the nose.
Domaine Jean Grivot Richebourg Grand Cru 1994
Palate was more approachable than Jean Grivot 95, but it was the same style all over – tyre grips! Signature of Grivot style, one of the top end producers on Richebourg in my view surpassed by DRC. Jean Grivot style is of earthy wine from start to finish, with flavours of cherry to blackberry, coffee, dark berry fruits and although the dry fruits, it’s drinking marvelously! You can even call this amount of flavor as Multidimensional. For a lesser accomplished vintage compared to 95, despite being smoother, structured and elegant, it was not really ready to drink. Perhaps wait for another 5 years that will be great!4.5/5!
In the blind Richebourg tasting, this is the oldest and most ready Grivot I’ve ever had.The old fashion label impressed me. Grivot style hardly change.
Richebourg Grand Cru Gros Frère & Soeur 1985
This one despite coming from a superb vintage didn’t quite impress me. On a good vintage, the wine tend to be richly aromatic but this has bouquet of mild medicinal, antibiotics and rubber or specifically latex! Palate of Chinese herbal tea, light yet elegant, balanced but tilting towards slight acidity, long, floaty, lacks weight (like bouncing around in the moon), totally unlike all other Richebourg I’ve tasted earlier! 4/5!
Remoissenet Père & Fils Richebourg Grand Cru 1990
Remoissenet, a really respectable negociant in the older days, produced superb wines (had their Echezeaux and Grands Echezeaux 90, mind blowing!) The nose was a bomb! Totally huge nose companied with slight hawthorn.
Domaine Meo Camuzet Richebourg Grand Cru 1991
How often one had the honor to drink such a big label of Meo-Camuzet Richebourg? Frankly, not often. But before you swear by it too fast, as usual, not all big names performed. Nose of a good load of Cat’s Pee. Paying so much to smell some nonsense? Welcome to burgundy! I find the body of this wine “floating”, not on the ground. It was very balanced and elegant burg, somehow lacked length, acidic, loads of cherries. Ready to drink now, just mildly disappointed for such name. 4.5/5!
The last leg of flight 4 ended with a Top Rated Richebourg!
Not often I gave red burgundy a 5 star reward, this was nevertheless the rare one fully deserving a 5 stars reward. Loads of notes on the nose: extremely grassy, herbal sweetness, thistle, very toasty and very menthol. Palate keeps improving over time, extremely robust, chunky red fruits, earthy, sweet and superb balance! The palate easily was King of Richebourg till the very last bottle showed up, and this one suddenly looked like a toy. I heard the founder, Peter Thustrup, a 63 years old man, of Swedish origin is a big experienced taster. He has tasted more than 50,000 wines and write his own notes! You can taste the quality in every bottle of theirs and no wonder they called themselves as ‘boutique company’ where quality is top goal. So yes MIND BLOWING status goes to them!
5/5! Top rated!
While I am calming myself down from the top rated bottle, the event must tempt me again with another greatest drink! OK peak exhilaration is building up real soon as they present this bottle right before my eye (the only unblinded!)
Guys, here is the “highest prized Richebourg” I told you from start. It’s time to reveal!
Full score back to back!
A league by itself after tasting 11 bottles of Richebourg tonight to have this shocker showing up without even trying to garner attention! Finally a DRC that I was impressed with! It probably deserved 6 stars and my Wine of the Year thus far (in Jan 2016!)
A perfect nose of extreme robustness, velvety, spicy, aristocratic. Everything was extreme here: Rich, fruity, big, bold, layers, long, good weight, and finally, a BOMB!
Off the Richebourg scale!
Now I finally understood DRC! The wine of the night clearly goes to Domaine de la Romanée Conti Richebourg 1990! Exploding my top rated scale! Once again, thank you Olivier for your generosity!
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