8% Cabernet Sauvignon
2% Petit Verdot
Vineyard & Vinification Note
Vintage 2012: Painstaking remodelling of the vineyards at 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 levels. 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 impressive aromatic intensity.
Temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats. Ageing in oak barrels (225 liters and 400 liters) for the best lots.
Deep in appearance with ruby tones. The complex bouquet reveals ripe fruit aromas of strawberry and cherry, together with a hint of liquorice. Very generous on the palate, structured by lovely, rounded tannins, evolving towards a long, savoury finish with well-integrated oak character.
Red and white meat (entrecôte bordelaise, minute steak, beef tartare, neck of lamb, leg of mutton, duck magret), vegetables and side dishes (gratin dauphinois), cheese (Mimolette, Cheddar, Gruyère, Parmesan).