Château-de-Ribebon Bordeaux Superieur 2015
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Owned by the Aubert family, this hidden gem of a property boasts clay-limestone, gravel and iron soils, classic Right Bank terroir, and is located on a rocky plateau overlooking the Dordogne River. The vines have a full southern exposure, allowing for maximum sun, helping bring the fruit to full ripeness, with plantings Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The estate has very old vines, averaging 60-years of age, which are tended to by hand and harvested parcel by parcel. The grapes are sorted at the vine and again at the winery, followed by 100% destemming.
Merlot crafts a sophisticated and elegant wine with delicate yet admirable structure and refined red berry aromas. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc (this last one from 100 year-old vines, compared to the average vine age of 60 years) bring accents of ripe and supple fruit, with mineral undertones from the limestone supplying freshness. Oak-aged for eighteen months, this wine is all about elegance and balance. Easy to enjoy on its own, it also pairs well with grilled meats and vegetables.
Internation Wine ReviewYear after year the quality from Chateau Ribebon has been on the rise and 2015 may be the most impressive yet. This blend of 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc displays a lovely dark color, this bursts opens with aromatics of dark cherries, coffee, spices, tobacco notes all coming together beautifully. The palate is velvety and polished with lovely overall balance leading into the long finish. This is already drinking extremely well and and should continue to do so over the next handful of years. One of the best values I have seen from this excellent vintage in Bordeaux. (Best 2018-2023)
Wine EnthusiastThe wine, from one of the five Aubert family properties, is rich and full of great fruit. With ripe tannins and blackberry generosity over the wood aging, this is still structured yet ready to drink.
James SucklingLots of ripe-berry and currant character with licorice and graphite. Full-bodied, round and chewy with lots of fruit. It shows beautiful intensity on the finish for this appellation. Drink in 2020.
Wine Spectator Frankly toasted, with cocoa and vanilla notes coating a modest core of black cherry fruit. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now. 25,000 cases made.