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Château de Ricaud - Cadillac

AOC Cadillac-Côtes de Bordeaux

Château de Ricaud - Cadillac-SM

Château Ricaud’s revival can be mainly attributed to Cadillac, in Côtes de Bordeaux. Here, the wines reveal the finest expression of Merlot cultivated on clay-limestone soils and Cabernet Sauvignon on gravel. The consistently high standards of recent vintages have made this a rising star in Côtes de Bordeaux, offering well-structured, complex wines, combining intense fruit with lovely soft character.

Vinification & Ageing

Temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats.

Ageing in oak barrels (225 liters and 400 liters) for the best lots.

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The vintage

2018 is characterised by record rainfall in the first half of the year, in contrast with a second half among the driest and hottest in recent decades. We were able to keep the threat of mildew in check, which remained a significant problem until July. The vines remained fully protected through the painstaking work and constant monitoring of our teams, together with strict adherence to environmental protocols approved by the certifications Terra Vitis and HVE 3. We were ready to face the summer months full of confidence, and were aided by favourable weather conditions from early August. Interventions have been tailored plot by plot, and the uneven bunches have been removed before the harvest. The berries were carefully sorted arriving at the cellar, to vinify only full berries. Cabernet Sauvignon, the dominant varietal in the blend, is superb, dense and concentrated.

 

Tasting notes

Beautiful dark ruby-red colour. The complex bouquet unleashes hints of black fruits and spices (white pepper). Savoury on the palate, showing nice structure, this generous wine develops a silky tannic texture. Perfectly integrated oak linger through the long, fruity and delicately spicy finish.

 

Blend

64% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot

Tasting notes

Deep and concentrated in appearance and tinged with crimson. The intense bouquet develops appealing notes of fresh, red berry fruits, notably crushed strawberries. Initially smooth on the palate, the wine becomes rounded and fresh, while delicate, silky tannins add structure. The wine culminates in a lingering, fruity finish.

 

Blend

90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Tasting notes

Lovely bright garnet in appearance. On the nose, fruit character instantly defines this wine, delivering intense aromas of red berry fruits and cherries. This fresh and fruity profile is mirrored on the palate, underpinned by a generous, smooth structure and well-integrated oak. This delicious, full-flavoured impression lingers appealingly on the finish.

Blend

90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Tasting notes

Deep, intense colour. Cultivated on gravel over clay, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the blend, offering an intense bouquet with precious wood aromas of cedar, together with cigar box and delicate spices (white pepper). On the palate, the concentrated, velvety texture envelops the tongue, revealing generosity and intensity, together with great balance. The tannic structure and impressive length point reveal great ageing potential.

 

 

 

Blend

90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Concours de Bordeaux Vins d'Aquitaine
- Médaille d'Argent
Wine Enthusiast
- 90/100

This generously structured wine is rich in tannins and fine, ripe black fruit. Its structure and juicy acidity will allow it to age well. Drink from 2020.

Tasting notes

« With its appealing dark ruby appearance, the wine is complex on the nose offering initial notes of strawberry and blackberry. Beautifully structured on the palae, full and generous with rounded, fleshy tannins.  Perfectly integrated oaky character accompanies the long, delicately spiced finish. » 

 

 

Blend

90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Tasting notes

Attractive and concentrated in appearance, sappy on the palate, offering a cavalcade of appealing fruit, freshness, rounded tannins and subtle oak on the palate.

 

Blend

90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Tasting notes

Deep in appearance with ruby tones. The complex bouquet reveals ripe fruit aromas of strawberry and cherry, together with a hint of liquorice. Very generous on the palate, structured by lovely, rounded tannins, evolving towards a long, savoury finish with well-integrated oak character.

Blend

90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Natalie Maclean.com
- 91/100

This superb Bordeaux from the strong 2012 vintage is a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes grown in Cadillac to the south of Bordeaux with vines planted in an ampitheatre. It's aged in 400-litre barrels, the larger size so as not to impart heavy oak flavours. This wine is deep, dark and concentrated, a great expression of its terroir and an exceptional value for the price. Spicy finish. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with a rare steak.

Wine Enthusiast
- 87/100

This Vignobles Dourthe wine is ripe and richly textured. Full and blackberry flavored, it is 84% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. An attractive interplay between the fruit and the tannins gives a balanced wine.

Tasting notes

Attractive, complex nose offering ripe fruits and liquorice. Rounded, fresh and well-structured palate, and well-integrated oak on the finish.

Blend

90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Decanter
- 16.25-16.5/20

A good wine from the ever-reliable Vignobles Dourthe. This is enjoyable classic Bordeaux. Good fruit, ripe flavours, they clearly managed the reception of the grapes after harvest smoothly and quickly, everything feels smoothed out, no unripe hints, soft oak fattening out the mid-palate. (87-88)

Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
- Médaille d'Argent

Tasting notes

Deep red ruby color, complex nose offering ripe fruits – blackberry, blackcurrant - and licorice. Full-bodied, generous and well-structured palate, with round tannins. Well-integrated oaky note on a nice fresh spicy finish.

Blend

90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

1001 Dégustations
Diplôme Vin réussi- Sélection 2013
Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

Pretty nose of raspberries, red apple and cherries. Pens up with some vanilla and some flowers. Full and round on the palate with bright acidity and a very enjoyable fruit. Fine tannins and good length. Drinks well already but the new wood will integrate better over the next couples of years.



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