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Grand Vin du Château de Ricaud

AOC Cadillac-Côtes de Bordeaux

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It's extremely rare for heart and mind to rule together, and Château de Ricaud, near Cadillac in southern Bordeaux, is the exception. When Alain Thiénot bought the property in 1980, he was utterly convinced that quite apart from the splendour of the site, Château de Ricaud was a rough diamond set in a unique natural setting in the Côtes de Bordeaux appellation. Time and essentially work carried out in the vineyards by skilled craftsmen in recent years, resulted in 2010 in the creation of a true jewel of a wine - the Grand Vin de Château de Ricaud - a fine wine prized for its elegant character and pedigree, its concentration and extremely fine tannins.

Vinification & Ageing

Vinification in separate batches, by varietal and by vineyard parcel. Fermentation temperature closely monitored to adapt the wine to specific vintage conditions.

Ageing 12 months in new French oak barrels.

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The vintage

Tasting notes

Blend

Medals and Accolades

En Magnum
- 90/100

Belle pureté de définition, intense et long.

Jamessuckling.com
- 91-92/100

This is exceptional. Blackcurrants and spices with medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a long and flavorful finish. 66 per cent cabernet sauvignon, the rest merlot with a touch of cabernet franc.

 

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

Concentrated and very deep in colour. Produced from grapes grown on gravel soils overlying clay, the Cabernet Sauvignon which dominates the blend reveals intense and complex aromas of dark fruits adding complexity to a touch of violet. The wine is smooth on the palate and rapidly gains in body, underpinned by a backbone of densely-grained tannins of great finesse. The silky texture coats the palate, while the fruity and spicy notes converge in a perfectly balanced ensemble. The impressive length is further proof of great ageing potential.

Blend

78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

Blackberry and blueberry aromas with a hint of licorice. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a lovely finish. Shows some hot-stone and fresh-herb undertones to the currant flavors. Drink or hold.

 

Vinous Media
- 91/100

The 2016 de Ricaud has an intense, fruit-driven, quite burly and forward nose of plush dark cherries and veins of blue fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy tannin, and very pure in the mouth, displaying plenty of freshness. I appreciate the precision on the finish, and the volume and graphite aftertaste. Excellent!

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 meticulously 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

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

64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Guide Hachette
- 1 Etoileetoile(s)

Dès le premier contact visuel, ce cadillac séduit par son élégance. Celle-ci se confirme au nez, d'une belle complexité: fruits rouges, cassis, épices douces, note mentholée. Riche, chaleureuse et bien équilibrée, la bouche déroule une longue finale qui achève de convaincre.

*= vin très réussi

Erobertparker.com
- 91/100

The 2015 de Ricaud, which has 52% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot, has a focused, detailed bouquet with crisp blackberry and briary scents, a touch of cedar in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, good depth and freshness with a sappy, harmonious finish that has really blossomed in barrel. This Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux comes recommended. Excellent. 

Jamessuckling.com
- 91/100

This is really focused and polished for this chateau with currants and cherries and some flowers. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a bright finish. Pretty wine. Drink now

 

Wine Enthusiast
- 91/100

This is a beautiful, ripe, soft, perfumed wine. Its intense berry fruit is well to the fore, backed by firm tannins. Packed with fruit and smokiness from wood aging, it has strong aging potential.

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 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

The wine’s concentrated, dense appearance precedes a powerful, concentrated bouquet suggesting blackcurrant, liquorice and spice. Immediately generous, the wine is concentrated on the palate, with its silky texture and delicate, soft tannins. Remarkably well-balanced with lovely length and freshness. This fine wine from Chateau Ricaud 2014, with great ageing potential, bears its name with elegance and distinction.

Blend

45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Guide Hachette
- 2etoile(s)

2 étoiles (Vin remarquable)

Toutes les promesses d'une robe dense et profonde sont tenues par le bouquet, puissant et élégant, centré sur les fruits mûrs et un beau boisé grillé qui sait rester discret. Le palais apparaît gras, charnu, corpulent, corsé, porté par des tanins robustes et par un élevage bien dosé. Une bouteille de garde assurément.

Jamessuckling.com
- 90/100

A fragrant Cadillac with blackberries, dried flowers and cedar undertones. Plenty of dark-fruit flavors with moderate tannins and an overall round, pleasant constitution. A little chewy. Let it soften with a year or two of bottle age.

Yvesbeck.vin
- 90/100

Rouge grenat. Bouquet fruité révélant des notes de griottes, réglisse et de la minéralité. Attaque friande, séduisante, notes de chocolat. Le corps est doté de tannins élégants aux grains fins. Ils se révèlent en fin de bouche et offrent un soutien idéal. La structure octroie de la fraîcheur et porte le vin jusqu'en fin de bouche. Un vin qui mérite un peu de garde.

Vinous Media
- 89/100

The 2014 De Ricaud is a voluptuous wine with striking depth and intensity. Raspberry jam, mocha, wild flowers and mint all add to its racy, overt personality. Drink it over the next few years.

Vino Magazine

Cadillac (Côtes de Bordeaux). Très Bons : (...) De Ricaud (...).

My Bettane + Desseauve
- 89/100

Belle souplesse, grain de tannin soyeux et élégant, fruit rouge frais, allonge et équilibre. Le cru confirme sa progression en gagnant en élégance.

LE PAN

A pretty, balanced red with juicy black currant fruit and lifted flavors. A well-made, early drinking red that shows how good the modest wines of this vintage performed this year.

timatkin.com
- 90/100

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 already soft and well-balanced, underpinned by attractive aromatic intensity.

Tasting notes

A lovely dark red appearance precedes an intense bouquet of wonderfully ripe fruit, revealing good Cabernet Sauvignon character. Clean and generous on the attack, density and good tannic concentration come through on the palate, balanced by a fresh finish and harmonious oak character.

Blend

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot

Medals and Accolades

Gault&Millau
- 16/20

Myrtille, épices, graphite pour une belle complexité aromatique. Rond et dense à la fois, le milieu de bouche se resserre pour apporter une autre dimension. Fin et serré. Un vin de garde, assurément.

Vinous Media
- 89/100

The 2012 de Ricaud is a delicious wine for the money. The flavors are intense and bold. Blue and purplish-hued fruits, smoke, tobacco and licorice add nuance through the creamy, inviting finish... The blend is 90% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Cabernet Franc. This is another strong value play from the Dourthe family of estates and winemaker Michel Rolland, who oversees all the wines in the portfolio. Antonio Galloni. Taisting date: July 2015

Jamessuckling.com
- 90/100

A spicy young red with mahogany and dark berry character. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold.

timatkin.com
- 86/100
My Bettane + Desseauve
- 15 - 15.5/20

Composé à part égale de cabernet sauvignon et de merlot sur un terroir très argileux, Ricaud s'exprime avec vivacité et plénitude, le tannin est ferme, l'ensemble a de l'énergie.

Le Point

Grand vin. Fruits noirs, souple en attaque, tanins fondus, joli fruit, fraise écrasée, bien rond.

Jamessuckling.com
- 87 - 88/100

A wine with decent berry and mineral character. Medium body, chewy tannins. A little hollow.

The vintage

Witout such diverse terroirs, withoutmeticulously tailoring work in the vineyard to the unusual weather conditions of the vintage, it would not have been possible tomoderate 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 vigilance in the run up to the harvest meant that any disease pressure from Botrytis was contained. Sorting beforeand during harvesting has beena crucial element in the quality of the vintage. As aresult, it was possible to vinify fruity and expressive Merlot, and Cabernets and Petit-Verdot which have benefited greatly from the sunnyweather conditions and remarkable temperatures before the harvest.

Tasting notes

Concentrated, pronounced colour. The fresh, intense nose reveals ripe notes of strawberry, blackcurrant and liquorice. The generous attack gains in intensity, roundness and volume. Well-balanced and fleshy on the palate, the wine is underpinned by good structure with enveloping tannins, appealing lingering aromatics and elegant,well-integrated oaky, vanilla finish.

Blend

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot

Medals and Accolades

Wine Enthusiast
- 87/100

Layered acidity and berry fruit lend a powerful, concentrated feel. It does need time to bring out its inherent fruitiness.

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15/20

Très cabernet, très frais, droit, sans rudesse, allonge fraîche, bel éclat.

Wine Spectator
- 88/100

The sleek black currant, blackberry and bitter black cherry fruit is harnessed by a signed alder frame. A sanguine note flickers on the finish.

The vintage

It took a great deal of patience before finally tasting the fruits of this inaugural vintage. The grape harvest was delayed in order to benefit fully from the extraordinary September weather. With the heat and windy weather at the end of the summer the berries were nicely concentrated, and pronounced diurnal temperature variation promoted even ripeness. The Merlot was picked 13 - 15 October to promote freshness (yields 35 hl/ha); 27 - 29 October for the Cabernet Sauvignon for optimum grape ripeness (yields: 38 hl/ ha).

Tasting notes

Dark purple in colour. Perfectly ripe Cabernet Sauvignon dominates on the nose, with evident aromas of blackcurrant, cherry and plum and more subtle notes of forest floor. The wine is elegant and distinguished on the palate, with tight, yet delicate tannins, beautifully enveloped by the Merlot, bringing fleshy, unctuous character. Exceptionally long finish.

 

Blend

70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot

Medals and Accolades

Guide Bettane et Desseauve
- 15/20

"...avec un nez de fruits mûrs et d'épices, la bouche racée présente une structure équilibrée aux tannins droits et frais. Belle réussite."

Wine Spectator
- 91/100

Densely packed, with notes of steeped currant, blackberry and fig intertwined with melted black licorice, charcoal and roasted chestnut leaf. Fleshy and driven through the finish, with good latent length and a buried singed iron note. 

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.



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