This is the first time we have been able to get an allocation of Richebourg from Ligier-Belair, and 2018 is a great vintage to start. Sourcing from a 1.3-acre plot planted between 1931 and 1936, Liger-Belair owns the oldest parcel of Richebourg, which is located only 165 feet from La Romanee and Romanee-Conti. The terroir here is varied with different forms and colors of clay and limestone, contributing to the complexity and intensity of this wine. Incredibly complex and long, this rubs shoulders with some of the vintage's top Grand Cru Red Burgundy's. Classic winemaking with around 40% whole clusters, a light extraction, and 60% new oak. A mesmerizingly complex and intense wine, the 2018 Richebourg is textbook Grand Cru quality with an excellent note by Neil Martin below and a 98.3 on Cellartracker to boot. We have some nice pricing here, and as far as high-end Red Burgundy goes, this is one of the wines of the vintage. Only around 75-100 cases made.
Vinous (Neil Martin) 95 points! "The 2018 Richebourg Grand Cru has a very intense bouquet, a mélange of red and black fruit, crushed rose petals, baking powder and black truffle aromas; this is very complex. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity, the 40% whole cluster lending tension and pepperiness, and grippy on the broody, slightly austere finish. This will need several years in bottle. Maybe a bit saturnine at the moment, but it will find more luminosity with bottle age"