2002 Domaine Gros Frère & Soeur Richebourg Grand Cru
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Richebourg has a strong ruby color and reveals magnificent aromatic depth. Its candied red cherry, sassafras and cola scents lead to a medium-bodied core of cassis, blackberries, spices, and cherries galore. Silky-textured, deep, and holding much in reserve, this concentrated, elegant wine also displays an exceptionally long finish. Projected maturity: 2008-2020. Bravo! (PR)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium red. Highly perfumed, ineffably complex aromas of strawberry, currant, bacon fat, cocoa powder, gunflint, coffee and smoked meat. Dense, sappy and wonderfully intense, with exhilarating flavors of smoked meat, spices, minerals and underbrush. Conveys a powerful impression of soil tones. Builds almost freakishly on the back end, finishing with a kick of spice and a flavor of pink peppercorn. A wonderfully suave, extremely long Richebourg that offers great early appeal but has the spine to develop in bottle for 10 or 15 years. (ST)
An intensely perfumed wine, which is piled with sweet tannins. It offers a touch of youthful firmness alongside ripe, piercing fruits and fine acidity. It is well crafted and shows great aging potential.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
As is typical with the Gros F&S wines the high toast wood is still evident on the now almost fully mature nose that features notes of various spice elements, Asian-style tea, floral and dark berry fruit scents. There is a lovely sense of vibrancy to the round and velvety medium-bodied flavors that exude a subtle minerality that continues onto the lingering finish. This is not an especially dense, muscular or powerful version of the appellation and I would describe this as having arrived on the front edge of its peak drinkability. My sense is that this should hold at this level for at least another decade. In short, this is a perfectly good but not truly distinguished Richebourg.