Richebourg Grand cru  2015

THIBAULT LIGER-BELAIR

Richebourg Grand cru
2015

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
Product code
750838
Format
3 x 750ml
Listing type
Open
Status
Available
Country
France
Regulated designation
Appellation origine controlée (AOC)
Region
Burgundy
Subregion
Côte de Nuits
Appellation
Richebourg
Classification
Grand cru
Varietal(s)
Pinot Noir 100 %
Color
Red
Sugar
Dry
Closure type
Cork
Availability
Winery's website

About this winery

Thibault Liger-Belair comes from a great winemaking family that has deep roots in Burgundy: he is a direct descendant of the Napoleonic General Louis Liger-Belair, who acquired the Chateau de Vosne in 1815 when he married Ludovie Marey, whose family had been Burgundy negociants since 1720. Youthful, passionate and always full of ideas, Thibault trained as an oenologist, but had his start in the wine industry as a wine buyer. He is also a former rugby player with a genuine 'down to earth'...

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Notes about product

This vineyard is 0.52 ha (1.3 acres) and was planted between 1931 and 1936. The vineyard is located in the historic southern part of the appellation, about 50 m (165 ft) from Romanée and Romanée Conti, this parcel is the oldest of this Grand Cru.

Winemaking notes

The grapes are harvested by hand and they are using 30% whole cluster fermentation. There is a 3 week fermentation period with very moderate intervention. They are aging the wine in 60% new French oak barrels for 18-24 months. The wines are unfiltered and unfined.

Tasting notes

If you need to have one wine before you die it is this wine. It is the epitome of elegance and complexity. Layers of raspberry, blackberry, truffle and cedar aromas jump out of the glass. The complexity can often be hard to describe.

Press reviews

Vinous

- 93 points -

November 2018

The 2015 Richebourg Grand Cru has a deep color and a slightly forced nose that is perhaps accentuated by its juxtaposition against Etienne Grivot's Richebourg. Flavors of dark berry fruit, brown spices and a touch of soy are a little smudged, and the oak is not quite singing from the same hymn sheet at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, offering assertive structure and impressive weight and concentration - almost Bordeaux-like toward the finish. This definitely needs a lot of time in the cellar. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting.

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Vinous

(93-96) POINTS

January 2017

(from a .55 ha parcel). Yet again reduction hides everything but the floral influence. By contrast there is stunningly good power and intensity to the very, make that very, very backward broad-shouldered flavors that brim with both buckets of dry extract and an almost pungent minerality on the precise, dusty and massively long finish. I appreciate that I sometimes probably sound like a broken record with my “absolutely must have patience” comments but this is a wine that would be largely pointless to buy without the express intention of cellaring it for at least 12 to 15 years and it should richly
reward 20 to 25. In a word, impressive.

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