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Château Ripeau 2016 Grand Cru Classé

Appellation | Saint Émilion

Grape |90 % Merlot 10 % Cabernet Franc

Ageing | 12-16 months in new oak barrels 

Tasting Notes 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,

Pairing | If you can get your hands on and Duck. This is the best pairing. Cooked in any way and with most sauces. Also pairs well with Lamb.  

Drinking | Now - 2035. Love this wine. I'm sure you will too. 

Critic Notes / Awards 94pts Jeb Dunnuck, James Suckling 92, Wine Advocate (Neal Martin) 89-91

Current Owner: GRÉGOIRE family

Soils: Close to Pomerol, and the famous eastern chateaux in the west (Cheval Blanc & Figeac) We fins slightly gravelly sand on the surface and clayey-ferrous vein in the subsoil

Farming: Manual harvest 

Vines average: 35 years of age

History - Coming from the dismemberment of the lordship of Corbin, during the French Revolution, the estate would take its origin from the 13th century. A notable event in the life of Château Ripeau, in 1868, the estate made its first appearance in “Bordeaux et ses vins” by Edouard Féret.

It is the property of Victorin Pailhas, merchant, banker and councilor of Libourne. In 1874, his heirs sold Denis and Eugène Bühler, landscape architects who signed more than a hundred public and private gardens and parks in France.

1880 The two brothers then redevelop the castle park. In the 1980s, Eugène Bühler also created the Parc Bordelais, the largest green space in Bordeaux.

After 1908, the Bühler family sold the Château Ripeau to Raoul Gunsbourg, director of the Monaco Opera, who sold in 1917.
1917The Estate enters in the de Wilde family. It’s Marcel Loubat, Edmond’s brother, owner of Pétrus, and great-grandfather of  Françoise de Wilde, who takes it again and gives it its nobility. 

1955 and beyond. Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion since 1955, the vineyard of Château Ripeau extends in one piece on more than 16 hectares. Its neighbors are prestigious castles such as Cheval Blanc, Figeac, La Dominique, Jean Faure and Corbin castles. At the heart of the vineyards, on the high point of the northwestern plateau of Saint-Emilion, and bordering the appellation Pomerol, the house and its farm are building next to a 1.5-hectare park. It is here that the Grégoire family has chosen to invest since 2015 and live Cyrille Grégoire, his wife Peggy, and their two children.