In a vintage that is so dang generous, you could do one of two things. You could go for the first and second growth wines, which will absolutely knock your socks off. Or, for a few hundred dollars less, you can find exceptional values where pricing doesn’t come close to matching quality. That’s what I did with today’s Chateau de Ribebon’s 2019 Bordeaux Superieur.
Perched above the Dordogne River, this estate dates back to the 17th century and King Louis Philippe. It’s owned today by the Aubert family, who own nearly 300 acres of vines throughout Bordeaux Superieur and Saint-Emilion.
Utilizing both the proximity to the river and the amazing soil which lies beneath (limestone, clay, and loam), the family makes their Bordeaux Superieur using Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. In 2019, the fruit is intense and supple with a generous full body of red and black fruits and silky tannins.
For a wine this affordable, the accolades are pretty significant. 90 points from James Suckling. 91 Points and a coveted Editors’ Choice designate from Wine Enthusiast, who called the wine “well-balanced” and suggested “it will age well.”
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91 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
Owned by the Aubert family, this estate has produced a well-balanced wine. Tannins and spice lie easily with the berry fruits and final touches of dark chocolate. It will age well. Drink from 2023.
90 Points, James Suckling
A clean, fruity 2019 with currant and berry character. Medium body. Fresh finish. Easy and clean Bordeaux. Nice transparency and yumminess. Drink now.
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