2013 Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Richebourg Grand Cru

Year: 2013
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91+
Vinous Media: 95
Burghound: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting in Beaune, the 2013 Richebourg Grand Cru felt a little overdone on the nose with bold cassis and dark plum fruit, a lot of new oak to contend with at the moment. The palate is sweet on the entry with chewy tannins, grippy and firm in the mouth, dense and broody but missing some precision and aristocracy on the finish. It does not quite take off as I was hoping, but it will surely improve with bottle age. Tasted September 2016." (WA)

"(bottled in late August): Bright, dark red. Delicate, nuanced aromas of wild blueberry, macerated red fruits, crushed rock and exotic flowers. Wonderfully smooth and sweet yet still tight in the mouth, conveying an urgent character to its vibrant crushed raspberry and mineral flavors. Boasts amazing retention of primary berry fruit, but today this wine is even more spectacular on the nose and on the terrific gripping finish, where the noble tannins are thoroughly coated. Offers outstanding subtle length and lift." (VM)

"Relatively discreet oak spice sits atop a ripe, pretty and relatively airy nose that is composed of essence of red currant and a broad array of Vosne style spice elements that include exotic tea and sandalwood. There is excellent volume and richness to the full-bodied and distinctly serious mineral-driven flavors that possess very good mid-palate concentration on the powerful, well-detailed and gorgeously lingering if quite youthfully austere finish. This is a big wine in the context of the vintage and built to reward longer-term cellaring." (BH)

Winery Notes:
125 cases produced. An extremely deep color; a Grand Cru nose. On the palate, a monster all in texture and finesse. It’s a roller coaster ride of fresh fruit, it just goes on and on. Floral with baby granular tannins but fully ripe. Minty and herbal with a bittersweet chocolate Pinot finish. Killer – for me the wine of the vintage. 19.5/20