2016 Ripeau Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 6L
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JD 94 VN 93 DC 92 JS 92 JL 92 WA 91
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, February 2019

Showing beautifully each of the three times I was able to taste it, the 2016 Château Ripeau reveals a ruby/purple color as well as a forward, fleshy style in its black fruits, tobacco, earth, and underbrush-scented aromas...
VN 93

Vinous, January 2019

The 2016 Ripeau exudes darkness, power and intensity. Succulent black cherry, plum, bittersweet chocolate, new leather, grilled herbs, licorice and cloves all build in the glass. Racy and flamboyant to the core, the 2016...
DC 92

Decanter, October 2018

The second year under ownership of the Gregoire family, and definitely one to watch. This has real personality - tight with high acidity that reflects its youth - but it's brimming with cassis fruits, liquorice root and...
JS 92

jamessuckling.com, February 2019

Attractive ripe dark-plum and raspberry coulis here with a palate that offers an array of smoothly rendered tannins and a sleekly arrayed finish. Try from 2022.
JL 92

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2019

Flowers, black raspberries, licorice and cocoa scents move you for the palate, which is medium-full bodied, ripe, soft, sweet, fresh and forward. The finish is all about the juicy, cocoa tinged, fresh, dark red fruits...
WA 91

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, December 2018

(91+ points) Blended of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Ripeau has a deep garnet-purple color and nose of blackberry pie, dried herbs and earth with savory notions of beef drippings, charcuterie and wood...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Saint Emilion
Vintage 2016
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 14.5%
Closure Cork

The 2016 Ripeau is a Bordeaux Blend from the renowned Saint Emilion region in Bordeaux, France. With its deep garnet-purple color, this wine is a true gem. It is produced by the esteemed Ripeau winery, which has been under the ownership of the Gregoire family for the past two years.

Upon pouring, the wine immediately captivates with its enticing aromas. The nose is filled with notes of cassis fruits, liquorice root, and sweet spices. As you take your first sip, you will be delighted by the tight structure and high acidity, reflecting the wine's youthful nature. The palate is adorned with ripe dark plum and raspberry coulis flavors, which are beautifully complemented by a range of smoothly rendered tannins. The finish is sleek and well-rounded, leaving a lasting impression.

This wine has received high praise from esteemed wine critics. Decanter awarded it a score of 92, describing it as a wine with real personality. James Suckling also gave it a score of 92, highlighting its attractive ripe fruit flavors and smooth tannins. Meanwhile, Jeb Dunnuck awarded it an impressive 94 points, praising its forward and fleshy style.

The 2016 Ripeau is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, carefully harvested between October 12th and October 22nd. It has been matured in 100% new oak, a mix of 225-liter and larger-sized casks. With an alcohol content of 14.5%, this wine showcases the best characteristics of the Bordeaux region.

Overall, the 2016 Ripeau is a wine that demands attention. It is a well-crafted Bordeaux Blend that embodies the essence of the Saint Emilion terroir. Whether enjoyed now or aged for another 15-20 years, this wine promises to deliver a truly exceptional drinking experience.