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Author: Allen Meadows
The '87 Richebourg is a surprisingly good wine for the vintage with absolutely gorgeous fruit that retains at least some of it primary vibrancy though much of the nose has now gone to secondary nuances if not out and out sous bois. The flavors are quite bit and still solidly structured with wonderful complexity and the only thing it lacks to really be a smashing success is real harmony and balance as the structure is frankly more than the mid-palate can handle. While there is no rush, I would be drinking up over the next decade as the finish will begin to dry out.
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A firm, rich and tannic style, with very complex and enticing flavors of smoked bacon, cherry, spice and earth that are tightly concentrated and in need of another five to seven years' cellaring. The tannins on the finish are very firm but not biting. Should be a classic in 1997 to 2001.
Author: Robert Parker
The Richebourg has large quantities of tannin, but it has the stuffing and huge concentration of fruit and ripeness to match. It is a very full-bodied, rich, super-concentrated wine that should last for several decades. I would not dare open a bottle until 1994-1995. It will be interesting to see how it evolves when compared with the superb 1986 they produced.
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