Château de Ribebon Bordeaux Supérieur 2016
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.
|Region||France, Bordeaux, Bordeaux Superieur|
|Brand||Château de Ribebon|
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.
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