A highly spiced and exuberantly fresh nose freely reveals its aromas of essence of red berries, sandalwood, clove, crushed fennel and exotic tea. There is a big step up in volume to the noticeably denser larger-scaled flavors that exhibit very good power and minerality on the balanced, moderately austere and impressively long finish. This is already displaying much better than average depth and this is also quite good.
The 2021 Richebourg Grand Cru is aged with 50% whole bunches in 80% new oak. There is a touch of reduction on the nose, though despite that this seems impressively defined and focused. The palate is medium-bodied, more expressive with fine-boned tannins, taut and fresh, quite intense (as you would expect from a Richebourg). I appreciate the manner in which it builds and exerts insistent grip and structure on the finish. Serious.
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2052