91-93 THE WINEADVOCATE: "This vineyard has a little over eight hectares in production, and the average age of the vines in 2018 was 35 to 40 years old. The soil is composed of sandy, slightly gravelly soils atop a ferrous clay subsoil. The blend is 67% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Total aging is expected to run 16 to 18 months in 100% new barrels, and the wine has 14.2% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Ripeau opens with blackberry pie, warm plums and black raspberries scents with suggestions of Christmas cake, truffles and earth. Full, rich and spicy in the mouth, the velvety palate has lovely freshness and a long, savory finish."
93 DECANTER: "The impact of investments since 2015 and the arrival of the Gregoire family continue to pay off, and there´s a genuine feeling of excitement now growing around Ripeau. Last year, the Cabernet-heavy blend was forced by the frost, but this year it is entirely reflective of the new vineyard plantings, and of where they see the estate heading. 2018 is also the first vintage in the new winery, allowing more precision over the different plots that was no doubt very welcome. Intense blueberry and cassis fruit flavours are well balanced, and joined by a smoky polish that gives character and will integrate further during ageing. An estate to watch. A yield of 26hl/ha. 3.6pH. Claude Gros consults."
92-93 JAMES SUCKLING: "A bright and fresh red with dark berries, such as blueberries and blackberries. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Subtle at the finish."
93-95 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Rich, fat and loaded with juicy, black fruits, licorice, earth and espresso bean. With all that you´ll also find lift, persistence, lavish amounts of fruit and round, silky textures. With all the investments made here by the new owners, you can expect the wine to continue improving and for prices to rise, so check it out while prices are still low."
94-96 JEB DUNNUCK: "An estate that’s on an upward trajectory, having just completed work on a new cellar, the 2018 Château Ripeau comes from just over 12 hectares of vines situated near the likes of Cheval Blanc, Figeac, and La Dominique, and is a rough blend of 67% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon that will spend 16-18 months in new French oak. It offers a deep purple color as well as terrific purity and precision in its vibrant cassis and black raspberry fruits and notes of spring flowers, spice box, and earth. Medium to full-bodied, silky, and seamless on the palate, it has building tannins, ample mid-palate depth, and good concentration, and stays light on its feet and incredibly elegant. This estate is managed by Julien Salles and gets consulting advice from Claude Gros. My money is on this 2018 being the best to date, and I suspect the best is still to come!"