Château Ricaud’s revival can be mainly attributed to Cadillac, in Côtes de Bordeaux. Here, the wines reveal the finest expression of Merlot cultivated on clay-limestone soils and Cabernet Sauvignon on gravel.
27% Cabernet Sauvignon
9% Petit Verdot
Vineyard & Vinification Note
HVE3 and Terra Vitis certified (High environmental value certificates)
Vineyard surface : 66 Ha (10 Ha of which are white)
Soils : Clay silts, calcareous clay and gravel outcrops.
Vine density : 6 500 plant/Ha
Pruning : Guyot mixte
Vine management : plot by plot
Higher trellising to increase the canopy.
Soils work adapted to the characteristics of each plot.
Multiple tasks in the vineyard: de-budding, removing the secondary shoots, removing the secondary shoots, 2 leaf-thinnings depending on the plot; crop-thinnings if necessary
Manual leaf-thinings; Crop-thinning to eliminate uneven bunches
Harvest: By grape variety and type of soils, when the grapes are perfectly ripe.
Vinification: In temperature-controlled stainless steel vats.
Ageing: 12 months in new oak barrels, on fine lees.
Beautiful dark ruby-red colour. The complex bouquet unleashes hints of black fruits and spices (white pepper). Savoury on the palate, showing nice structure, this generous wine develops a silky tannic texture. Perfectly integrated oak lingers through the long, fruity and delicately spicy finish. Frédéric Bonnaffous, Dourthe Estates Director
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).