2013 Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Richebourg Grand Cru

Year: 2013
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91+
Vinous Media: 93-95
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)

"(from vines planted in 1934 and 1936; entirely destemmed): Deep, bright red-ruby. Wild raspberry, crushed stone and smoky minerality on the musky nose, complemented by exotic spices. Silky, sappy and extremely intense, with saline and smoky mineral notes currently dominating the palate. Finishes with broad, dusty, noble tannins and outstanding salty persistence. Very powerful but still a baby (Liger-Belair described it as a fetus). Production here was just 22 hectoliters per hectare, and Liger-Belair did a very long but gentle vinification, punching down the cap only two or three times in all. Offers splendid long-term potential." (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