I was blown away by the 1999 Richebourg, an extraordinary, dense ruby/purple-colored offering. It boasts a magnificent perfume of framboise, blackberries, and currants as well as a sweet, buttery woody component underlying black and red fruit flavors kissed by toasty oak. In the mouth, gamy, fleshy characteristics intertwined with violets, licorice, and black fruits is liqueur-like. Ripe, rich, and dense, with spectacular purity and equilibrium, this mind-boggling effort should be at its peak in 2-4 years, and last for 15-20
This hasn't budged much since it was bottled and remains almost black with a notably ripe multidimensional nose of black cherries, spice and earth that complements well the broad-shouldered and impressively scaled medium weight plus flavors that are robust and overtly muscular where the finish retains a sense of robust power and stunning length. At age 11 the '99 Richebourg is clearly signaling that it's going to require 20 to 25 years to really be at its peak. At the same time, there is sufficient mid-palate sap to at least make it approachable sooner, perhaps in 7 to 10 years from now. One of the great vintages for this fabled wine. Many, and consistent, notes.
Richebourg 1999 – Magnificent the 1999 Richebourg has a saturated, dark ruby colour. It explodes from the glass with loads of super-ripe,dark fruits including blackberries,cassis,plums and black cherries. This dense, plush and broad wine has prodigious depth to its roasted red and black fruit flavoured personality. A Myriad of spices can be found in its chewy-textured, full-bodied, highly concentrated, powerful character. Its extraordinary long finish is dominated by fruit, yet copious quantities of sweet and supple tannin can be discerned, Projected maturity 2006-2018.
94 – 97 points / issue 136