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Château Ripeau

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2020 Château Ripeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Inky in color, the wine is loaded with toasty oak, licorice, cocoa, flowers and black, red with blue fruit on the nose. Full-bodied, lusciously textured, polished and plush, the finish offers freshness, length and hedonistic pleasures. Under the new owners, the wines here keep improving vintage after vintage. 93-95 Pts

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2019 Château Ripeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

With a deep, dark, hue, the plum liqueur, black cherry, chocolate fudge, flower, coffee bean and plum scents shine on the nose. On the palate, the wine is lush, opulent, fresh and concentrated, providing a big, juicy gulp of perfectly ripe, opulent fruits. The new owners continue investing in the vineyard and cellars with the desire to make the best wine possible. This is a property to watch. 93-95 Pts

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2018 Château Ripeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Deep in color with an equal depth in its fruit, the wine starts off with spice box, espresso, licorice, incense and dark red berries. Opulent, rich, sweet and juicy, with layers of licorice, ripe, cherries and plums, the wine is silky, plush and polished with a gorgeous sweetness and decadent texture in the finish. This should age quite nicely. 94 Points

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Rich, fat and loaded with juicy, black fruits, licorice, earth and espresso bean. With all that you'll also find lift, persistence, lavish amounts of fruit and round, silky textures. With all the investments made here by the new owners, you can expect the wine to continue improving and for prices to rise, so check it out while prices are still low. 93-95 Pts

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2017 Château Ripeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Showing intense color, the wine pops with layers of fleshy, soft, dark plums, damp licorice and creamy tannins. There is body and richness here with loads of deep, concentrated fruit in the finish. The new owners are spending with no end in sight to make the best wine possible here. This is a property to watch. 92 Points

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2016 Château Ripeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Flowers, black raspberries, licorice and cocoa scents move you for the palate, which is medium-full bodied, ripe, soft, sweet, fresh and forward. The finish is all about the juicy, cocoa tinged, fresh, dark red fruits. The wine was made from blending 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 92 Points

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Dark in color, this wine offers floral, dark berry, licorice, smoke, chocolate and sweet cherries. Round, fleshy, forward and fresh, the wine was produced from blending 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 91 Points

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2015 Château Ripeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Lush, silky, fresh and packed with black licorice, juicy, ripe plums and soft, polished tannins. Drink it now if you must, or give it 4-5 years to develop more complexities. The best vintage ever produced at Ripeau! 93 Points

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The debut vintage for the new owners is a big hit with all its lush, ripe, fresh, juicy, dark red fruits, silky textures and finish driven by its licorice, black cherry, espresso and chocolate notes. This easily the best vintage ever produced at Ripeau. 93 Points

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Medium/full bodied, with a really, supple, soft, lush textural quality to the ripe, sweet, juicy fruits. The espresso, spice and earthy notes add additional nuance to the forward styled wine that is already open and fun to drink. Clearly, this is the best wine yet produced in the history of the property. With new owners, who are willing to spend what it takes to make the best wine possible, the best is yet to come. 93 Points

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The first vintage from the new owners shows a nice dark color, rich, supple tannins, sweet, lush, juicy fruits and chocolate-covered plums in the finish. This clearly marks a rebirth of the estate. The wine was made from a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. 92 Points

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2013 Château Ripeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 84

This early-drinking wine showcases light red plums and licorice. 83-85 Pts

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2012 Château Ripeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 86

Easy going, simple, medium bodied, cocoa dusted, cherry focused wine for early consumption. 86 Points

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2010 Château Ripeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 85

This soft textured, medium bodied, cherry filled wine has no faults, but lacks distinction. 85 Points

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2009 Château Ripeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 87

Soft, easy drinking, plummy wine, round textures and an earthy, dark cherry finish that is best consumed in its first decade of life. 87 Points

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2005 Château Ripeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 85

Mature, easy to drink, with a round, soft dark cherry and earthy core of fruit. 85 Points

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2000 Château Ripeau  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 85

Lighter styled, medium-bodied, earthy, red pit fruit centered wine with wet earth, forest floor, and thyme accents that needs to be consumed sooner than later. 85 Points

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