In contrast to the relative expressiveness of the Cros Parantoux this is almost mute though aggressive swirling does liberate a beautiful array of violet, spice and plum aromas that are trimmed in gentle sandalwood hints. The imposingly-scaled big-bodied flavors possess a velvety mouth feel thanks to the plethora of dry extract that does a great job of buffering the very firm tannic spine on the stony, detailed and massively long finish. While there is certainly very fine size and weight this is not what I would describe as a huge Méo Riche but everything is in perfect proportion plus the balance is impeccable. As is almost always the case this will not be a good candidate for early consumption so be prepared to buy it and forget it.
Saturated, deep red-ruby. Blackberry and cassis aromas are complicated by coffee and a subtle floral character, with some sweet oak adding another dimension. Densely packed and sappy, with an urgent quality and superb lift to the crushed dark berry fruit. A wonderfully saline, soil-driven wine with outstanding inner-mouth tension. The extremely long, slowly mounting finishes features a serious tannic backbone and outstanding vibrancy. Built for a long evolution in bottle.
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2045
Robert Parker 93-95
The 2013 Richebourg Grand Cru has a very expressive bouquet, perhaps more so than the Cros Parantoux at this primordial stage: a mixture of red and black fruit, bay and Earl Grey, later accompanied by rose-petal aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy ripe red berry fruit intermingling with mint and sage, gradually building to a suave, minerally finish. This is an excellent Richebourg for the vintage, although I would be hedging my bets on the Cros Parantoux this year.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2040