BORDEAUX Château de Ricaud Cadillac, 2014 – 375ml

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Château de Ricaud Cadillac, 2014 – 375ml


Category: France, BORDEAUX, Château de Ricaud, 2014

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.

The consistently high standards of recent vintages have made this a rising star in Côtes de Bordeaux, offering well-structured, complex wines, combining intense fruit with lovely soft character.

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90% Merlot

8% Cabernet Sauvignon

2% Petit Verdot

Vineyard & Vinification Note

Vintage 2014: After a promising start to the year, a dull, gloomy summer meant ripening got off to a slow start. Any worries were lifted towards the end of August with the arrival of exceptional, lasting weather conditions.

While the quality of the vintage owes a great deal to the excellent late-season, a vintage of this quality would not be possible without considerable work in the vineyards earlier in the season to ensure pristine quality in the vines and stunning fruit. Super weather set in at the end of August. The Merlot on clay-limestone, and Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot on gravel took full advantage of the Indian summer to fully ripen. Aromas, colour and tannins bring richness to the grapes, in turn creating fruity wines with a silky, dense tannic structure.

Surface in production for this wine : 53 Ha

Soils : Clay silts in the west and north-east of the vineyard, gravel outcrops at the highest points, calcareous clay in the south-west.

Grapes : the grape varieties and rootstocks are adapted to the specific nature of the soil of each plot.

Average age of the Vineyard : 26 years old.

Vine density : 6 500 plant/Ha

Pruning : Guyot mixte

Average load : 8 to10 clusters by plant.

Vine management : plot by plot

Sustainable viticulture

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 beginning of September

Harvest : Merlot : September 30th to October 9th; Cabernet Sauvignon : October 14th and 15th; Petit Verdot : October 15th

Alcoholic fermentation : 10 days, according to the batches, with 1 to 2 pumping overs per day according to the lot

Long vatting : 30 days

Running-off : October 13th to November 17th

Ageing : On fine lees, in oak barrels during 12 months

Tasting Note

With its appealing dark ruby appearance, the wine is complex on the nose offering initial notes of strawberry and blackberry. Beautifully structured on the palate, full and generous with rounded, fleshy tannins. Perfectly integrated oaky character accompanies the long, delicately spiced finish.

James Suckling

A fragrant Cadillac with blackberries, dried flowers and cedar undertones. Plenty of dark-fruit flavours with moderate tannins and an overall round, pleasant constitution. A little chewy. Let it soften with a year or two of bottle age. 90 Points, February 2017

Food Pairing

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).

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