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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.

~~ Find out more about the property ~~
2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010

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 Petit Verdot on gravel 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

With its appealing dark ruby appearance, the wine is complex on the nose offering initial notes of strawberry and blackberry. Beautifully structured on the palate, 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

Vintage

Sur les sols argilo-calcaires de Ricaud, la vigne a trouvé son équilibre malgré les variations hydriques imposées par la météo capricieuse et souvent excessive de 2013, qui ne nous a laissé aucun répit dans les vignes. 

Le vignoble du Château de Ricaud, restructuré en 2008, a donné de beaux résultats sur les jeunes vignes de merlot, cabernets et petit-verdot, qui ont fleuri avant le passage pluvieux de fin juin. Les vieux Merlots, dont le volume a été fortement réduit par les mauvaises conditions météo sur la fleur, ont fait également l’objet de soins particulièrement méticuleux, afin de favoriser leur maturation dans les meilleures conditions possible. 

Les rouges présentent un style classique, fruité, avec une belle structure, surprenante au regard du millésime. 

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.»  (May 2015)

 

F. Bonnaffous –Vignobles Dourthe Director

Blend

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

Vintage

Painstaking remodelling of the vineyards at 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 levels. 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 already soft and well-balanced, underpinned by impressive aromatic intensity.

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.

Vintage

Without such diverse terroirs, and meticulously tailoring work in the vineyard to the unusual weather conditions of the vintage, it would not have been possible to moderate the effects of an unusual water deficit in Bordeaux, lasting until the end of June. With the return of rainfall in July, the growth cycle was kickstarted once again and with it the development of normal ripening. Constant vigilence in the run up to the harvest meant that any disease pressure from Botrytis was contained. Sorting before and during harvesting has been a crucial element in the quality of the vintage. As a result, it was possible to vinify fruity and expressive Merlot, and Carbernets and Petit-Verdot which have benefited greatly from the sunny weather conditions and remarkable temperatures before the harvest.

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

Vintage

After a relatively cool spring, July and August were extremely kind, with abundant sunshine and ideal temperatures. The effects of water shortage were tempered by the calcareous-clay soils of Ricaud, and by a careful adaptation of the works in the vineyard to limit evaporation.
Pronounced day and night temperature variations allowed to preserve the natural acidity and favoured a good ripening of the berries : Nature delivered healthy, concentrated and fruit-intensive grapes, perfectly weel-balanced.

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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