Domaine Richaud might be situated closer to the Languedoc than Burgundy, but stylistically...
Marcel Richaud sees himself as having more in common with the Côte d'Or. He is dismissive of what he describes as the over-extracted styles of the south. The key, he says, is balance and this begins in the meticulously tended vineyards. His new winery has a range of smaller tanks, giving greater flexibility for blending smaller parcels of wine.
The vineyards cover 30 hectares outside the village of Cairanne, on the road to Rasteau in the Côtes du Rhône. The vines are bush trained and low yielding and range from 14-30 years old on average, which gives excellent concentration to the wines. Yields are approximately 30-35 hectolitres per hectare. The soil in these vineyards are rocky and poor, encouraging the roots to grow deep down into the ground, which gives excellent access to water reserves in this dry climate, as well as nutrients to keep the vine nourished.
2016 was a classic vintage. Drought conditions produced smaller berries with less juice meaning lower yields, but other than that there was little to be concerned. The growing season got off to an early start, without the excessive humidity. Summer arrived earlier as well, and flowering occurred in nearly ideal conditions. The second half of the season was warm and very dry. While the hot and dry conditions persisted, the cool nights helped mitigate the effects of the heat.
Fermentation took place at low temperatures, between 18-25°C, with gentle pumping over taking place between 10 and 12 times during fermentation. No sulphur is used during vinification, a small amount was added just before bottling. The wine was aged in 50% oak and 50% concrete vats for 12 months before being bottled without fining or filtration.
On the nose, this wine has lifted aromas of red fruits: raspberry and crunchy cherries combine with a violet perfume. On the palate, it is well structured with firm, ripe tannins and liquorice which persists on the finish.
|Grape varieties||60% Grenache/Garnacha
|Region||Rasteau, Southern Rhône|
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