Château de Ricaud Loupiac, 2016

Often quoted as the gold standard in sweet wines since 1897, Loupiac is more than capable of standing its ground compared to its illustrious neighbours in Sauternes.

Alain Thiénot fell under the wine’s charm on tasting the 1929 vintage, and bought the property in 1980. Château de Ricaud Loupiac focuses on aromatic intensity, with a floral rather than sweet character, and lively and fresh on the palate. It has made its name as a benchmark in Loupiac and it is not without good reason that it has been referred to by a number of journalists as the “Yquem of the Right bank”.

Grape

100% Semillon

Vineyard & Vinification Note

The meticulous restructuring of Ricaud’s vineyards undertaken by Dourthe in 2008 has reaped its rewards with this complex vintage. The vines planted on the magnificent, predominantly clay-limestone terroir, fared well despite significant variations in water supplies. Weather conditions were ideal from August onwards and promoted good noble rot development. Harvesting was carried out in three successive sweeps through the vineyard in mid-October. Aged in oaked barrels for 12 months

Tasting Note

The wine has a beautiful, very bright golden hue. Its fruity nose is laden with peach and then apricot aromas. These aromas are found in a well-balanced mouth, combined with honey notes. The wine ends in harmony with an aromatic finish.” Frédéric Bonnaffous, Dourthe Estates Director

Food Pairing

Perfect match with foie gras, white meat (poultry), fish (cod) and shellfish, asian dishes (sushis, maki and deserts such as mango and coconut rice sushi)

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