95pts Jeb Dunnuck
From an estate owned by the Grégoire family and managed by Julien Salles that’s seeing huge investments and renovation, the 2015 Château Ripeau checks in as 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc brought up all in new oak. It’s a gorgeous wine on all accounts, which given that this terroir is located near Cheval Blanc, La Conseillante, and Figeac, should surprise no one. Beautiful notes of crème de cassis, blueberries, toasty oak, lead pencil shavings, and Asian spice all emerge from the glass and this beauty is full-bodied, concentrated and layered, with enough underlying structure to warrant 3-4 years of bottle age. This estate also utilizes consultant Claude Gros and this estate’s bandwagon is worth getting on for readers looking for an up and coming superstar.
94pts James Suckling
This is the first year from the new owner of this small chateau in St.-Emilion, and it shows beautiful refinement and depth. It’s full-bodied yet very polished and refined with pretty tannins. Hints of smoke and spices on the finish. Watch this space. Beautiful now but can age beautifully.
Château Ripeau is a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé located close the Pomerol border and neighbors with illustrious estates such as Châteaux Cheval Blanc, Corbin and La Dominique. In 1917, the Château was purchased by the Loubat family, who also own Château Petrus, and has remained in family hands since then. In 2014, the family sold the estate to the Gregoire family, previous owners of Château La Riviere in Fronsac.
The vineyards of Château Ripeau consists of one 16 hectare block (a rarity in the region) planted to 65% Merlot and 35% Cabernet Franc with an average vine age of almost 35 years old. The soils consist of sand, gravel, limestone and clay with iron. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks and aged in 100% new French Oak for 12-16 months. The wines of Ripeau are lush, silky and fresh packed with black fruits and spice, polished tannins and excellent concentration.