67% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
While the vineyard of what we know of today as Chateau Ripeau has a long history in the appellation, with vines being planted in the 1700’s. The vineyard does not begin to gain notice until 1868. However, the modern era for Chateau Ripeau begins in 1917, when it was purchased by the family of a well-known Bordeaux negociant, Marcel Loubat and Marie Loubat. The same Loubat family owned the legendary Petrus vineyard located in the neighboring Pomerol appellation. Chateau Ripeau has remained in the hands of the same family since that time. Chateau Ripeau takes its name from the sector the vineyard and chateau are located in. The vineyard has good neighbors, as the vines are not located not far from Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Corbin, Chateau La Dominique and it is also close to the Pomerol border. In 1997, Chateau Ripeau renovated their entire wine making facilities. In December, 2014, Jean and Francoise de Wilde sold Chateau Ripeau to Cyrille Gregoire and Nicolas Gregoire, the sons of James Gregoire. James Gregoire is best known as the previous owner of Chateau La Riviere in the Fronsac appellation.
What The Critics Say
92-95/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni
"A real standout, the 2018 Ripeau is a powerful, explosive wine with tons of richness as well as structure. Dark raspberry jam, espresso, mint and leather emerge reluctantly. Today, the 2018 is dense and packed to the core, but it also appears to have terrific potential. Even with all of its richness, the 2018 has a lot of energy and tension. I can't wait to taste it from bottle. The 100% new oak is already quite well-integrated for a young wine at this stage of its life. Most importantly, Ripeau is positively stellar in 2018. The blend is 67% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Tasted two times."
93/100 Decanter, Jane Anson
"Intense blueberry and cassis fruit flavours are well balanced, and joined by a smoky polish that gives character and will integrate further during ageing. -- The impact of investments since 2015 and the arrival of the Gregoire family continue to pay off, and there's a genuine feeling of excitement now growing around Ripeau. Last year, the Cabernet-heavy blend was forced by the frost, but this year it is entirely reflective of the new vineyard plantings, and of where they see the estate heading. 2018 is also the first vintage in the new winery, allowing more precision over the different plots that was no doubt very welcome. An estate to watch. A yield of 26hl/ha. 3.6pH. Claude Gros consults." Drink 2026 - 2040
94-96/100 Wine Cellar Insider, Jeff Leve
"New cellar. One cuve per parcel. Winemaker Julien Salles explains that they have done a lot of work with the Cabernet Franc parcels (draining the vineyard), allowing them a blend of 67% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc planted 1955 and 1985 but the oldest ones were too wet and now with drainage they have much better quality on their blue clay. 20–30 mm rainfall early September so the ripening continued. Healthy vines. pH 3.59. Barrel sample.
Inky crimson. Fragrant and stony on the nose. Really elegant and so fresh. The Cabernet Franc sings with lively dark-red fruit, rounded out by the Merlot. Gently spicy. Moreish and full of energy. Very good and such a big step up from last year. Finest of tannins, which is unusual in 2018. Touch of dark chocolate on the finish. Persistent. Chapeau! (JH)." Drink 2025 - 2032
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