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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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2015 - 2014 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010

The vintage

The clay-limestone soils proved a major advantage in ensuring a successful vintage, regulating water supplies to the vine during the dry periods from June to mid-July and also during wet weather in August and September. Veraison developed well, despite a rather shaky start. The Merlots and Cabernet Francs flourished, evolving harmoniously as the weeks passed. We harvested for almost three weeks - a real luxury – and waited for each parcel to reach optimum maturity before picking. The Cabernet Francs were vinified gently without pressing to retain the finesse of the tannins. We also sought to harness the intensity of the fleshy Merlots with silky tannins, which expressed superb aromas of ripe fruit

Tasting notes

Lovely, concentrated colour. Fresh and ripe nose, redolent of red berry fruits. On the palate, the crunchy fruit counterbalances the lovely tannic structure and delicate, wellintegrated oak. The freshness present throughout the tasting is a great indication of the character of the Merlots cultivated on Reysson’s clay-limestone soils.

Blend

2% Petit Verdot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 62% Merlot

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

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.

Frédéric Bonnaffous, Dourthe Estates Director

Blend

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



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