Chateau Ripeau 2016
Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé 2016
Prijs per fles - €44,95
92/100 Tim Atkins
New to my report this year, this was one of the discoveries of the Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé tasting. Comparatively forward and approachable in style, it has silky smooth tannins, some chalky freshness, nuanced oak and a core of plum and bramble fruit.
89-91/100 The Wine Advocate
The 2016 Ripeau is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc picked between 12th and 20th October and matured in 100% new oak. It has a hedonistic and decadent bouquet with exotic black cherry, crème de cassis and licorice scents that are lacking delineation and do not really articulate the growing season. The palate then turns volte face and is nicely structured with grainy tannin, a dash of spice and good definition on the finish. I suspect that the aromatics will gain more composure by the time of bottling.
Cabernet Franc, Merlot