Grand Vin du Château de RicaudAOC Cadillac-Côtes de Bordeaux
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.~~ Find out more about the property ~~
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.
« 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.» (November 2017)
F. Bonnaffous – Director Vignobles Dourthe
64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot
Medals and Accolades
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
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.
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.
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.
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Merlot
Medals and Accolades
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.
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
A spicy young red with mahogany and dark berry character. Full body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold.
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.
Grand vin. Fruits noirs, souple en attaque, tanins fondus, joli fruit, fraise écrasée, bien rond.
A wine with decent berry and mineral character. Medium body, chewy tannins. A little hollow.
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.
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.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Medals and Accolades
Layered acidity and berry fruit lend a powerful, concentrated feel. It does need time to bring out its inherent fruitiness.
Très cabernet, très frais, droit, sans rudesse, allonge fraîche, bel éclat.
The sleek black currant, blackberry and bitter black cherry fruit is harnessed by a signed alder frame. A sanguine note flickers on the finish.
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).
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.
Frédéric Bonnaffous, Dourthe Estates Director
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot
Medals and Accolades
"...avec un nez de fruits mûrs et d'épices, la bouche racée présente une structure équilibrée aux tannins droits et frais. Belle réussite."
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.
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.