2012 DRC - Richebourg

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / VOSNE-ROMANEE
  • 97 WA
  • 96 IWC
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir
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SKU: 57601-2012-750-2A
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 98

    Bright dark red with ruby highlights. Knockout soil-driven nose offers scents of black raspberry, smoky minerality, violet, truffle and woodsmoke. Every bit as rich and velvety as the RSV but much tighter and more sharply delineated today, offering amazing concentration and inner-mouth lift. The rising, unflagging finish stains every square millimeter of the palate with black and blue fruits, with the tannins perfectly folded into the wine's texture. One of the greatest young Richebourgs I've ever tasted at DRC.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: January/February 2014
  • Vinous | Rating: 96

    The 2012 Richebourg is fascinating to taste after the Romanee St.-Vivant because in this vintage their personalities appear to be inverted. The RSV is almost unapproachable, while the Richebourg is all about polish. Although naturally quite introverted at this stage, the Richebourg shows off marvelous density. Savory herbs, sweet tobacco and smoke add nuance on the creamy, voluptuous finish. The Richebourg tannins are there, but today they are nearly buried by the wine's incredibly deep fruit.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    The Richebourg 2012 was picked September 27-28 at just 19 hectoliters per hectare, one of the lowest yields in this vintage. This has a serious bouquet, reserved at first, more earth than air. Unusual for this cuvee, there is a sense of exoticism here, a Richebourg daring to show a bit of ankle. Blackberry pastille intermingle with wilted violets, and there is a touch of warmth that belies the precocity of the growing season. Leaving it aside for 10 minutes, there are hints of Provencal herbs, broom and even fennel. The palate is medium-bodied and the first thing that strikes you is its backbone. Well, this is Richebourg after all. But there is an arching structure to this wine that is disguised by the silkiness of its texture, plus an almost citrus freshness and brightness on the finish. This is a Richebourg that will make you giddy with pleasure. 634 cases produced.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Burghound | Rating: 96

    While not as strong as it was from cask there is still some residual post-bottling reduction present and while I hope that very few bottles of this will be popped any time soon in the interest of |science|, if they are, then I would strongly suggest decanting them for an hour or two first. The supporting structural elements are slightly riper than those of the Romannee St. Vivant with an abundant minerality adding lift to the broad-shouldered, powerful and impressively well-concentrated flavors that possess a sappy mouth feel. In much the same fashion the intensity of the massively long finish is borderline painful while displaying superb depth of material. In the past 5 vintages it has been neck and neck between the Riche and the Romanee St. Vivant in terms of which is the better wine but in 2012 it appears that the Riche may have the barest of edges.
    Author: Allen Meadows
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  • Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) is Burgundy's most famous estate, producing all grand cru wines from 25 hectares of vines. The wines are made in extremely limited quantities and generate some of the highest prices on the market. DRC produces the grands crus Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Richebourg, Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Grands Échezeaux, Échezeaux, and Montrachet, of which both Romanée Conti and La Tâche are monopoles.

    Co-proprietor Aubert de Villaine has farmed the vineyards organically since 1986 and has adhered to traditional, natural winemaking practices. Only natural yeasts are used, and aging is done in 100% new oak. The wines are characterized by finesse, balance, and refinement. They clearly reflect a sense of place and have the ability to age while increasing in both character and value.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 742 bottles owned
    • 84 collectors