(from Richebourg proper). This undoubtedly possesses the most floral nose with its notes of lilac, violet and rose petal along with a broad range of spice elements adding nuance to the dark berry fruit liqueur aromas. There is superb volume and intensity to the pungent mineral-driven and imposingly-scaled flavors that exude focused power on the extract-rich and beautifully well-detailed finale. Like the Echézeaux this is an explosively long wine but as good as it is, and it is indeed superb, this is flat out great. As I have consistently underscored with the Grivot ‘13s though do not buy this wine in the hopes of instant, or even early, gratification as the Riche is going to require a very long snooze in a cool cellar. Drink 2030+
The 2013 Richebourg Grand Cru has a gorgeous bouquet with wonderful definition, a Grand Cru determine to put distance between itself and the over-achieving Echézeaux. This is very fragrant and gains intensity in the glass with luxuriant and very pure red berry fruit. The palate is suffused with a sorbet-like freshness: orange zest permeating the red cherry and strawberry fruit and it fans out on the enormously long finish. Divine...almost as good as the imperious 2012 last year. Drink: 2018 - 2040
Such an enticing succulence to the aroma, Sweet and so satin-smooth. Sublime texture. There is freshness, complexity and such purity. A finely honed wine. Wonderful finesses. Score 19.75. From 2023
One of the most famous names in Vosne Romanée, Domaine Grivot dates back to the nineteenth century. Over the years and marriages, the domaine grew to include vineyards in notable appellations such as Clos de Vougeot, Echézeaux and Richebourg. Etienne, the fifth generation of the family to run the estate, returned to Burgundy from work experience in California in the 1980s. He eventually took over from his father completely in 1990. Over time and through experience, Etienne has created his own style of wine, which many tasters consider to be growing in elegance. The wines remain powerful and rich, true vins de garde, which usually need several years of cellaring to soften and develop. Those patient enough to wait know that the wines of Etienne Grivot are exceptional. In 2012 his children Mathilde and Hubert joined him at the family domaine, and the three share a united vision. It is a harmonious and collaborative family team. They eschew the trend for analysing every drop of juice, and pay much more attention to the vegetative cycle of their vines. The year’s weather conditions will dictate how the team handles the grapes in the cellar far more than the complex chemical analyses which comes back from the lab.
Richebourg is one of the six Grand Cru vineyards in Vosne Romanée consisting of 8ha which is shared between 10 producers including Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Domaine Alain Hudelot-Noellat and Domaine Meo-Camuzet. Richebourg is based mainly on limestone deposits with some clay making the wines robust and voluptuous with a long life expectancy