Thierry Richoux - 2013 Irancy, Rouge, ‘Veaupessiot’
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Inside the bottle: This wine really stirs me up. You must be a patient drinker to buy this wine or just forget it. It's deceiving when opened as it shows a few of its complexities but you are likely to find, like a great Barolo, some resistance at first. After some time wondering what to do with this wine that was spoken so highly of by The Source, the greatness of this wine can sneak through the back door and blow your mind. It is a rustic, clean style of wine that with patience shows you an array of specific noble complexities that you are not likely to find anywhere else in the world.
After twenty minutes or more, the wine starts to fire up. The nose finds purity of wild cherry, orange peel, aperol, persimmon and exotic green herbs and wet forest notes that all contribute to its fresh appeal. The palate is striking and tense with acidity and tannic structure, but pure and supremely earthy. After more than an hour, it arrives at a new level where each specific nuance is magnified and even more precise. This is one of my most favorite wines to drink and cellar of all of our entire selection of wines. It may be very personal for me and may not be for everyone. However, I can assure you that if you like old-school Burgundy (like the Volnays of a couple decades ago), this is the wine for you. If you need your fruitier style, this may be a stretch.
A matter of choice: Thierry favors waiting some time before releasing his wines. For example, he releases his basic red Irancy sometimes more than two years after the Cote d’Or releases theirs and this wine, Veaupessiot, nearly four years after. The reason is that his wines gets moved only a couple of times and they spend most of their time in concrete and large foudre (55hl) for two years before bottling, thus preserving delicate aromas. When the wine is bottled, it takes quite a few years to really show its stuff, so, Thierry waits.