Bordeaux En Primeurs 2018 -Ricaud
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This week is En Primeur week. We have been hearing for months that the vintage 2018 is looking exceptional in many parts of the world – Bordeaux is no exception.


On the steep vineyard slopes here atChâteau de Ricaud, sustainable grass planting and temporary cover plantings help prevent surface run-off, erosion and soil compaction and promote good water drainage in the soils. Yet despite this, the heavy rainfall during the first months of the year made work in the vineyard complicated on the clay soils. Disease pressure remained significant until July on certain parcels, where hydric reserves remained very high. Given the evaporation triggered by high temperatures, humidity levels reached record highs. In contrast, parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, cultivated on well-drained, fine gravel soils, together with the older vines, resisted well. Amid kinder summer weather, veraison and ripening went like clockwork.

Interventions were tailored accordingly to protect the vineyard, and bringing the mildew under control. Our only regret was some early damage to grapes in young, vigorous parcels, which were removed before harvesting. The grapes were also sorted on arrival at the winery, and only whole, intact grapes entered the tanks.

The red wines are now ageing in barrique. They are superb, dense and concentrated, and reveal appealing aromatic complexity.

Press Reviews for Château de Ricaud 2018

Client Testimonials

“Excellent shopping experience very easy and delivery arrive in two days in perfect condition, the best service I have experienced from any other online shopping 12 out of ten”.

Julie Morgan
Hailsham, East Sussex

“Really helpful staff after I made a mistake with order. Very prompt delivery. Most importantly, the wine is excellent.”

Mark Richardson
Brignorth, Shropshire

“Great choice of fine wine delivered on schedule.”

Fergus Staples
Hampton Hill, Middlesex

“I wanted to buy a specific wine, a search engine took me to you and I ordered the wine which was duly delivered without delay. Perfect.”

Alex Thompson

"Fantastic service , excellent wines a wonderful experience would definitely recommend"

Mick Day

"Excellent quality and good variety"

Peter Taylor

"Amazing wine and fantastic service. Will definitely be coming back !"

Sam Alexander

"It was great, super speedy too"

Saskia Liebenberg

"Very quick delivery given the current situation, great effort thanks"

Rachel Brazier

"Have had two of the wines so far and was very pleased with them. Looking forward to trying more of them."

Lauren Taylor

"Very easy to order and very prompt delivery. Delighted with the wines. As a newcomer I was very impressed with the service."

Howard Habron
West Yorkshire

"Really good service, with speedy delivery. Good selections of wine."

Karen Colman

"I bought a case of a glorious, and rather unusual wine at excellent price and it was delivered in good time and in perfect condition."

Charley Robinson

"Fabulous variety of wines at a great price and fast delivery. And I never left the house!"

Lucius de Paula

"We ordered Austrian wines on recommendation - and they have proved delicious..."

Stewart Collins