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Château de Ricaud - Bordeaux Supérieur

AOC Bordeaux Supérieur

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Château de Ricaud Bordeaux Supérieur is an exemplary, high quality, approachable Bordeaux. In recent vintages, the results of these efforts to enhance the terroir at Château de Ricaud are quite astonishing, creating fine, distinguished wines, fruit-driven in style, beautifully balanced and offering a delightful sense of fullness on the palate.

Vinification & Ageing

Traditional vinification in individual batches in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks; cold pre-fermentation maceration for certain batches.

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2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010

The vintage

The first six months of the 2016 grape season turned out to be particularly rainy and warm, replenishing water reserves in the soils which would serve the vines well in forthcoming months. Which was just as well as sunshine set in for the long haul from mid-June, bringing very dry weather until the end of the harvest. The combined effect of available water supplies and favourable temperatures – not too excessive during the day and very cool at night – played an important role in developing the fruit and their aromas during ripening. Each parcel was picked at a leisurely pace, waiting patiently until 14 October for the last Merlots to attain optimum ripeness, and 25 October for the Cabernet, which was unusually late, even for this late-ripening sector. The wines reveal remarkable quality, both in the wonderfully concentrated tannins and anthocyanins and the complex aromas. 

Tasting notes

Attractive, deep ruby-red. Highly perfumed on the nose, exuding notes of fresh red berries (strawberries) and black cherries. Supple, the palate is round retaining a lovely balance as it evolves in a fruity refreshing bouquet. A long aromatic finish concludes a tasting of a very pleasant wine in its youth.

Blend

90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc

The vintage

The first half of the year was blessed with excellent conditions, with the first signs of flowering emerging 29 May, slightly earlier than average. Hot and dry weather lasting just over seven weeks from mid-june to the end of July, blocked growth in the youngest vines. We meticously adapted canopy management techniques to minimise the effects of water stress, and the vineyard coped well as a result. A spate of moderate rainfall in the middle of summer proved sufficient for veraison to get underway across the entire vineyard. The grapes swelled and favourable weather at the beginning of autumn facilitated excellent ripening. Harvesting lasted two weeks, and with no rainfall, we were able to leisurely pick each parcel at optimum ripeness. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are wonderful.

Tasting notes

Attractive, deep reuby-red. Highly perfumed on the bouquet, exuding notes of black cherries and ripe strawberries. The palate is well-structured and round, retaining lovely balance as it evolves towards a long, generous finish. Drinking well in its youth.

 

Blend

90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

The vintage

After a promising start to the year, a dull, gloomy summer meant ripening got off to a slow start. Any worries were lifted towards the end of August with the arrival of exceptional, lasting weather conditions. While the quality of the vintage owes a great deal to the excellent late-season, a vintage of this quality would not be possible without considerable work in the vineyards earlier in the season to ensure pristine quality in the vines and stunning fruit. Super weather set in at the end of August. The Merlot on clay-limestone, and Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc took full advantage of the Indian summer to fully ripen. Aromas, colour and tannins bring richness to the grapes, in turn creating fruity wines with a silky, dense tannic structure.

Tasting notes

Lovely ruby-red in colour. Red fruit notes dominate on the bouquet, redolent of raspberries and blackberries. Initially very fruity, the wine is well-structured on the palate, succulent and fleshy, underpinned by appealing freshness on the finish.

 

Blend

90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc

The vintage

Painstaking remodelling of the vineyards at de Ricaud, undertaken by the Dourthe teams in 2008, paid off in this complex vintage. Vines planted on high quality, predominantly clay-limestone terroirs, coped well, despite significant variations in water supplies. The ideal weather conditions from the month of August onwards, raised our hopes for a really great vintage, which has been confirmed on tasting the different batches.

The reds, which were left on the vine until the very last minute, were picked at the start of October over a relatively short timeframe in order to reap the benefits of good weather at the start of the month. They are soft and well-balanced, underpinned by attractive aromatic intensity.

Tasting notes

The wine is concentrated in appearance and tinged with brightness. Intense on the nose, with magnificent fruit freshness, predominantly red berry fruit, raspberry and wild blackberry aromas. The crunchy, rounded palate is defined by stunning balance.

Blend

90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Los Angeles International Wine Competition
- Médaille d'Argent

The vintage

In this early, dry vintage, the vines at Chateau De Ricaud show excellent resistance on this late-ripening, clay-limestone terroir. Despite rather disconcerting sanitary pressure at the beginning of September, as a result of hot and rainy conditions in summer, harvesting took place calmly and collectedly, in favourable weather conditions, from September 15th to October 5th. 

Prior to harvesting, we carried out a rather drastic manual selection in the vineyard, to retain only the healthy bunches. In the red wines, the vintage is expressed in a more classical, traditional Bordeaux style, with beautifully textured Merlots and exceptional potential in the Cabernets as a result of fine weather during the harvest.

Tasting notes

The wine is concentrated in appearance and tinged with brightness. Intense on the nose, with magnificent fruit freshness, predominantly red berry fruit, raspberry and wild blackberry aromas. The crunchy, rounded palate is defined by stunning balance.

Blend

90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc

Medals and Accolades

Los Angeles International Wine Competition
- Médaille d'Argent

90 Points

The vintage

After a relatively cool spring, July and August were extremely kind, with abundant sunshine and ideal temperatures. The effect of continued lack of water was tempered by De Ricaud’s clay terroir, and by ploughing the soil to keep evaporation to a minimum. Significantly cool nights in the run-up to harvesting gave the vines chance to recuperate, while promoting good aromatic and phenolic ripeness in the fruit. Cooler temperatures also helped preserve the natural acidity in the grapes. The intensely juicy and aromatic berries have created remarkably fresh must and the wine’s impressive balance emphasizes the “crunchiness” of the juicy fruit.

Tasting notes

Very dark in appearance with bright tinges. The intense bouquet reveals abundantly fresh fruit notes of small red fruits, blackcurrants and blackberries. The silky, generous and fruity palate is enhanced by incredible balance. The wine is long, fresh and aromatic on the finish. Chateau De Ricaud Bordeaux Supérieur 2010 is a truly delicious wine.

 

Blend

90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc



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