Richebourg 1996

Richebourg / Meo-Camuzet

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Tasting Notes

There is an interesting menthol character to the still agreeably fresh and bright aromas of perfumed and high-toned red and blue pinot fruit that display only the barest traces of secondary development along with wet stone, spice, earth and leather hints. The palate impression is really quite supple yet the hallmark tension and precision typical of the '96 vintage is very much present and not surprisingly the mineral character is quite prominent. The cool, clean and still moderately firm finish is especially intense and persistent with impeccable balance save for a hint of warmth. Overall, this offers good power in a refined and elegant package that is consistent with the Méo style. In terms of maturity, while this is approaching its majority and could certainly be enjoyed now I would advise a few more years of patience. Mostly consistent notes as I have tasted this many times over the years.

Score: 94

Allen Meadows, Burghound Maturity: 2021+ 20 April 2017

This behaved like a classic 1996: some maturity on the colour with some orange notes, very little nose at first and a slight whiff of ageing, and acidity more evident than the fruit at first. But then….it freshens up superbly in the glass, becoming full of energy with a really fine sense of chiselled precision, power without heaviness and a magical finish, perhaps the longest of the whole line-up. Tasted: November 2011

Score: 97

Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy 01 November 2011