2012 Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair Richebourg Grand Cru
A drop-dead gorgeous beauty, the 2012 Richebourg takes hold of all the senses with a kaleidoscope of aromas and flavors that is truly breathtaking. This is a gracious Richebourg that adds considerable finesse to all of the structure one expects to find. Violets, cloves, new leather and black fruit are all supported by veins of cool, incisive minerality. The flavors are intense and resonant, with tons of mineral drive and pure energy. What a magnificent wine this is. Liger-Belair vinified the Richebourg with fully destemmed fruit. (AG)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
There is just enough post-bottling reduction to mask the detail of the aromas though this is clearly ripe. There is excellent detail to the big-bodied, powerful, precise and highly vibrant medium-bodied plus flavors that culminate in a distinctly firm and again almost painfully intense, mineral-inflected and hugely long finish that is on the refined side for a young Richebourg. This is also very serious with moderate backend austerity where the supporting structure is without question sufficiently prominent to confirm that this will need all of 15 years to reveal its full potential.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep red-ruby. Very deep but unforthcoming nose hints at black raspberry, violet and minerals, with complicating torrefaction notes of chocolate and coffee. Boasts outstanding thickness without weight but shows a distinctly austere menthol quality and already seems to be shutting down in the bottle. There's a pungent sappy oak element that the wine may need a long time to absorb. Most impressive today for its palate-saturating length and floral lift but this is a bit of a cipher in the early going.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From the oldest vines in the vineyard, 0.55 hectares planted in 1934 and 1936, the 2012 Richebourg Grand Cru has an aristocratic bouquet with broody dark berry fruit, forest floor and wet limestone scents. It is very well-defined although it needs a lot of coaxing, like waking up an old gentleman snoozing in his favorite chair. The palate is medium-bodied with dense, robust tannins. Conservative, foursquare even – this is a masculine Richebourg that is defined by its stern, almost aloof personality that seems incongruous for the vintage. Powerful and long, give bottles at least 10 years. (NM)