94pts Jeb Dunnuck
Showing beautifully each of the three times I was able to taste it, the 2016 Château Ripeau reveals a ruby/purple color as well as a forward, fleshy style in its black fruits, tobacco, earth, and underbrush-scented aromas and flavors. Medium to full-bodied, supple and rounded on the palate, with a charming, satisfying profile, drink it any time over the coming 15-20 years. Owned by the Grégoire family, with the talented and passionate Julien Salles and Claude Gros making the wine, this estate continues to raise the bar, and the best is yet to come. The 2016 is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, harvested between October 12th and October 22nd, all aged 18 months in new oak.
92pts James Suckling
Attractive ripe dark-plum and raspberry coulis here with a palate that offers an array of smoothly rendered tannins and a sleekly arrayed finish. Try from 2022.
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.