On Monday 14th September, the last Semillon grapes made their way to the winery at Château de Ricaud. On the early-ripening terroirs of La Garde and Rahoul, harvesting came to a close 8th and 11th September respectively.

The dry white harvest commenced 24th August, and breaking all previous records, lasted an entire three weeks; we were afforded the luxury of waiting patiently for each parcel to ripen to perfection and picked only in the mornings to reap all the benefits of the warm weather.

In this dry, hot vintage, the cool freshness of the clay and clay-limestone soils, where Sauvignon blanc thrives, proved highly advantageous in developing aromatic expression in the juices.

The different grape varieties are vinified in tank at Château de Ricaud, and fermented in barrel at La Garde and Rahoul, while regularly stirring the lees.

The first juices reveal lovely ripeness, freshness and harmony. Semillon reigns supreme at Château Rahoul and is already revealing lovely body. Meanwhile, the Sauvignon blanc at Chateau La Garde is showing signs of tropical fruit and citrus fruit.

It’s looking like a great vintage