Domaine Richaud

Southern Rhône, southern rhone France

Domaine Richaud, situated in the heart of Cairanne, has a reputation for producing some of the finest wines in the Southern Rhône, characterised by bright fruit, superb balance and great drinkability. Marcel Richaud is the fifth generation of his family to make wine. Stylistically, he sees himself as having more in common with Burgundy's Côte d'Or than with what he describes as the over-extracted wines of the south. Today his daughter, Claire and son, Thomas work at the family domaine.

Marcel's approach is very much a natural one, to allow the true expression of the fruit and vineyards to shine through in the glass. All 30 hectares of Richaud's meticulous vineyards are certified organic. The low-yielding, bush-trained Grenache (60% of plantings), Syrah (15 - 20%) and Mourvèdre (15 - 20%) vines are planted on poor soils and range from 40 - 70 years old. The wines have excellent concentration as a result.

The ‘Terre de Galets’ is 35% Carignan, 25% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 10% Counoise and 5% Mourvèdre. The wine is vinified in concrete tanks where it remains until bottling. It offers a lovely depth of colour with spicy fruit on the nose. On the palate it is well structured with grainy tannins and a blackberry fruit lift on the finish. The Cairanne is a blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Mourvèdre and 10% Syrah, 5% Carignan, 5% Cinsault, 5% Counoise. 60% of the wine is fermented in tank and the rest in 600 litre oak barrels. Marcel bottles the wine without fining or filtration to keep as much of the fruit character as possible. On the palate, the Cairanne displays the full fruitiness of the Grenache and the wilder character of the Mourvèdre. Marcel's Rasteau is a blend of 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah. Certified organic, the Rasteau boasts lifted aromas of raspberry, red cherries and violets on the nose. It is excellently structured with firm, ripe tannins and a liquorice character that persists on the finish.


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