The expression of a red Grand Vin of Saint-Émilion
2018 has proven itself to be in line with the best vintages of the Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé Château Ripeau, located on the right bank of Bordeaux.
Indeed, 2018 was the year of many novelties at Château Ripeau. The new vat room, combining tradition and modernity, was designed in a way to help the wines express the typicality of the vineyard. The harvested fruit is now received by means of gravity and the grapes crushed under inert atmosphere, to preserve the quality of the fruit. A revival also took place in the vineyard, with a restructuring aimed to increase the density of plantation (9625 vines per hectare).
At the vineyard, 2018 will be remembered for the climatic contrasts that kept the technical teams in suspense and threatened significant mildew pressure. The beautiful summer, perfect hydraulic pressure and the high thermal amplitudes between day and night temperatures allowed the fruit to ripen fully. Blending Merlot (67%), Cabernet Franc (30%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%), the Château Ripeau 2018 is already showing signs of a remarkable Saint-Émilion Grand Cru in a vintage that will be remembered as one of the best of the property.
Parker : 91-93 / 100
J. Robinson : 17 / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
This vineyard has a little over eight hectares in production, and the average age of the vines in 2018 was 35 to 40 years old. The soil is composed of sandy, slightly gravelly soils atop a ferrous clay subsoil. The blend is 67% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Total aging is expected to run 16 to 18 months in 100% new barrels, and the wine has 14.2% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Ripeau opens with blackberry pie, warm plums and black raspberries scents with suggestions of Christmas cake, truffles and earth. Full, rich and spicy in the mouth, the velvety palate has lovely freshness and a long, savory finish.
- Grape varieties
- Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet Sauvignon
- Dessert wine
- J. Robinson
- J. Suckling
- Vinous - A. Galloni
- Wine certification
- Château Ripeau
- Grand cru classe
- Contains sulphites