Dunnuck: "The 2021 Château Ripeau showed beautifully, and this charming, elegant, always textured Saint-Emilion warrants attention. Black raspberries, cassis, and spicy notes define the bouquet, and it's medium to full-bodied, has a round, lush texture, ripe tannins, and outstanding length. It's going to deliver the goods over the coming 15-20 years, and while it shows the fresher, cooler style of the vintage, it brings plenty of fruit."
Decanter: "Lovely fragrant, floral, fruity notes on the nose. Supple and juicy, this has such a great ease to it, nicely presented, gentle with soft fruit flavours, slowly travelling along the palate giving texture, weight and fun fruit. Not exuberant or flashy but so well done here and no let up through the mid-palate, building to a lifted finish. A success in 2021 with the acidity, tannic density and structure to age."
Wine Cellar Insider: "With a deep, hue the wine open with black cherries, flowers, plums, chocolate and licorice. On the palate, the wine is plush and polished, with supple, soft tannins and a cocoa, dark chocolate and plum finish. This should age quite nicely. Drink from 2024-2040."
Neal Martin: "The 2021 Ripeau, a vineyard that has undergone much replanting in recent years, has a fragrant bouquet of red cherries and cassis aromas, the oak (100% new) nicely assimilated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, smooth-textured and sumptuous, leading to a cassis-tinged finish. I do wish there was slightly less oak, yet this is well-crafted with a degree of nascent panache."
Chateau Ripeau, 1 Ripeau, 33330 Saint-Émilion, Frankreich