Richebourg, Domaine de la Romanée Conti 2012
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The Richebourg 2012 was picked September 27-28 at just 19 hectoliters per hectare, one of the lowest yields in this vintage. This has a serious bouquet, reserved at first, more earth than air. Unusual for this cuvee, there is a sense of exoticism here, a Richebourg daring to show a bit of ankle. Blackberry pastille intermingle with wilted violets, and there is a touch of warmth that belies the precocity of the growing season. Leaving it aside for 10 minutes, there are hints of Provençal herbs, broom and even fennel. The palate is medium-bodied and the first thing that strikes you is its backbone. Well, this is Richebourg after all. But there is an arching structure to this wine that is disguised by the silkiness of its texture, plus an almost citrus freshness and brightness on the finish. This is a Richebourg that will make you giddy with pleasure. 634 cases produced.
|Score: 97||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (217), February 2015|
Bright, full red. Wilder and blacker on the nose than the RSV and also a bit reduced, offering scents of cassis, licorice, violet and bitter chocolate. Densely packed, sappy and sweet, offering a distinctly three-dimensional texture to its intense dark berry, spice and truffley underbrush flavors. The slowly mounting, precise, firmly tannic finish is still a bit austere but leaves the palate vibrating with spices and flowers. 2028 - 2044
|Score: 95+||Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, March 2015|
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