|2020||RI102B20||6 x 75||Natural Cork||Contact Us|
Domaine Richaud, situated in the heart of Cairanne, has a reputation for producing some of the finest wines of 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 daughters Claire and Édith and his son Thomas run the family domaine.
The Richaud family’s approach allows the true expression of the fruit and the vineyards to shine through in the glass. All 30 hectares of Richaud’s meticulously kept 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 to 70 years old. The wines have excellent concentration as a result.
The ‘Terre de Galets’ is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Counoise. The wine is vinified in concrete tanks where it remains until bottling. It offers aromas of fragrant black fruit with a hint of black olive and anise 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 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Counoise, 20% Carignan and 15% Syrah. 60% of the wine is fermented in tank and the rest in 600 litre oak barrels. Claire bottles the wine without fining or filtration to maintain the vibrant berry fruit character. On the palate, the Cairanne displays bright red fruit and wild herbs, supple tannins and a long, alluring finish. The Cairanne Blanc reflects the innovative spirit of Marcel and his family who continue to raise the profile of the Cairanne appellation. The wine has an expressive character of white flowers and bright stone fruit with a lovely, textured palate and freshness from the clay, limestone soils.
The vineyards cover 30 hectares outside the village of Cairanne, on the road to Rasteau in the Côtes du Rhône. The vines are bush-trained and low yielding and range from 40-70 years old on average, which gives excellent concentration to the wines. Yields are approximately 30 hectolitres per hectare. The soil in these vineyards is rocky and poor, encouraging the roots to grow deep down into the ground, which gives excellent access to water reserves in this dry climate, as well as nutrients to keep the vine nourished. Marcel chooses fruit for this wine carefully, from six small vineyards: Chantal, Les Combes, Les Garrigues, Les Bayes, Les Partides and La Ridel to ensure very high quality in the wine.
2020 was an excellent vintage in the region. A rainy spring replenished water reserves in the soils followed by excellent conditions at flowering. Warm and dry conditions at harvest resulted in low disease pressure and good yields of concentrated berries.
Fermentation took place with minimal intervention. The wine then aged in the cellar, without fining or filtration, for 1 year in a mix of Foudres (30%), 600 litre Demi-Muids (30%) and concrete tanks (40%). A tiny amount of sulphur was added at bottling to ensure stability.
Tasting Notes & Technical Details
An intense ruby in colour, this wine displays notes of ripe red fruits with hints of chocolate and gentle spice from time in oak. The palate is full-bodied and expressive, yet elegant, with juicy fruit flavours marrying perfectly with well-integrated tannins and soft spicy notes from the Mourvèdre.
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|Domaine Richaud||`Terre de Galets` Côtes-du-Rhône||RI101|