Dee p red. Perfumed, vibrant aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, minerals, violet and graphite. Very young and initially closed owing to its exhilarating acidity, but showed explosive fruit and minerality as it opened in the glass. Ultimately round, ripe and glyceral, with a palate-caressing texture; there’s nothing brutal about this grand cru. Impressively slow-building finish features suave tannins and terrific vinosity and length. This should be very long-lived but really should be forgotten for the next decade.
Robert Parker 94-97
An exceptional wine, Grivot’s 2002 Richebourg explodes from the glass with violets, roses, blackberries, dark cherries, and spices. Marrying elegance with unbridled power, it is a medium to full-bodied, satin-textured jewel. Cloves, assorted candied black fruits, and red cherries can be discerned in its complex flavor profile, and it appears this wine is holding loads of fruit in reserve. Armed with gorgeous depth, concentration, and length, this is a candidate for drinking between 2009 and 2024. Bravo! Importer: Diageo Chateau and Estate Wines Company, New York, NY; tel. (212) 419-1400
Anticipated maturity: 2009-2024