Ripeau 2020 (750ML)
Critic Scores, Reviews & Descriptions
93-95+ JD / 93-95 VM /93 DE
Coming from a vineyard in the northern part of the appellation, not far from Cheval Blanc, the 2020 Château Ripeau has a medium to full-bodied, fresh yet concentrated style as well as impressive purity in its blue fruits, cassis, and floral aromas and flavors. The tannins are present yet ripe and soft, it has a layered, deep mid-palate, and the freshness of the vintage. It’s unquestionably a beautiful wine in the making. Give bottles 4-5 years in the cellar and enjoy over the following two decades. - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2020 Ripeau has a well-defined bouquet of blackberry, raspberry coulis and touches of orange blossom and violets, quite persuasive and charming. The harmonious palate is medium-bodied and silky-smooth, with pliant tannins and superb acidity. Certainly, I cannot recall a Ripeau as good as this out of barrel, and if it retains this panache and allure in bottle, it could be one of the hidden gems of the vintage.
There is definite reduction on the nose here, but as it opens you find sleek winemaking, plenty of deft blending of blackberry, slate, almond and fennel. Intense, but has juice, finesse and lift. From sandy gravel soils with some clay. A yield of 31hl/ha. Cyrille & Nicolas Grégoire are the owners of this excellent estate, harvest September 17 to 29. 100% new oak for ageing. - Jane Anson, Decanter