Richebourg 2007, Gros Frère et Soeur
Richebourg can be one of the most sensational pinots. Regal in nature, it makes me dream of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953: ermine, crimson velvet robes of state, embroidered gold, swearing of oaths, symbols of authority, the paying of homage, fireworks and the crown jewels. What do we get from Gros Frère et Soeur? Strawberry and vanilla. A wine that is hot, rich and alcoholic like a tawny port. I bought some wine in the hope that it may improve slightly over the next 5 years. But the reality is that I recommend everyone to avoid this domaine's wines which are highly inconsistent, dominated by the vinification process (which is not that successful) and not respectful of the terroir. There are dozens of better producers to choose from and life is too short to struggle with muddled Richebourgs and Vosnes!