2009 Ripeau, St-Emilion

SKU #1112008 92 points James Suckling

 Juicy and bright, with lively acidity and ripe blueberry fruit. Full body, with silky tannins. Delicious finish. Tangy and bright. Best after 2013.  (2/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 This has a hefty feel, with plush, velvety cassis, blackberry preserves and fig flavors framed by coffee and roasted vanilla notes. A loamy hint adds some depth on the finish. Solid. Drink now through 2016.  (6/2012)

K&L Notes

We have tried the wines of Ripeau almost every year since 1985, but have never bought it. But when we tasted their 2009 in April 2012, we loved it! The property is located next to Cheval Blanc and Figeac on some very good terroir. The wine has power and strength, with a fine core of mid-palate fruit. I think Ripeau is a property to watch in the future. (Clyde Beffa, K&L Bordeaux buyer and co-owner)

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion