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Grand Vin de Château de Ricaud, 2016, Cadillac Côtes-de-Bordeaux

ABV: 14.00%
Region: Bordeaux
Country: France
Producer: Dourthe Vineyards

Le Grand Vin de Château de Ricaud is only produced in limited quantity and is prized for its elegance and distinction. Concentrated and revealing delicate tannins, it is utterly charming—a true jewel of a wine!

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Description

It’s extremely rare for heart and mind to rule together, and Château de Ricaud, near Cadillac in southern Bordeaux, is the exception.

When Alain Thiénot bought the property in 1980, he was utterly convinced that quite apart from the splendour of the site, Château de Ricaud was a rough diamond set in a unique natural setting in the Côtes de Bordeaux appellation. Time and essential work carried out in the vineyards by skilled craftsmen in recent years resulted in 2010 in the creation of a true jewel of wine – the Grand Vin de Château de Ricaud – a fine wine prized for its elegant character and pedigree, its concentration, and extremely fine tannins.

Grape

78% Cabernet Sauvignon – 16% Merlot – 6% 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: Deep gravel on a clayey subsoil

Harvest: By grape variety and type of soils, when the grapes are perfectly ripe.

Vinification: Pumping overs according to the batches.

Ageing: 12 months in oak barrels (45% of which are new) on fine lees

Tasting Note

Concentrated and very deep in colour. Produced from grapes grown on gravel soils overlying clay, the Cabernet Sauvignon which dominates the blend, reveals intense and complex aromas of dark fruits adding complexity to a touch of violet. The wine is smooth on the palate and rapidly gains in body, underpinned by a backbone of densely-grained tannins of great finesse. The silky texture coats the palate, while the fruity and spicy notes converge in a perfectly balanced ensemble. The impressive length is further proof of great ageing potential. Frédéric Bonnaflous, Dourthe Estates Director

James Suckling

Blackberry and blueberry aromas with a hint of licorice. Full body, firm and silky tannins and a lovely finish. Shows some hot-stone and fresh-herb undertones to the currant flavors. Drink or hold. 91 Points, January 2019

Jeb Dunnuck

Deeply colored, the 2016 Château de Ricaud is one seriously classy Côtes de Bordeaux. Giving up plenty of spiced cherries, mulberries, and currant fruit, it has subtle spicy oak, medium body, terrific balance, and a rare sense of elegance from this region. It should drink nicely for upwards of a decade. 90 Points, February 2019

Decanter Magazine

Subtle, takes a heartbeat before kicking in. This is subdued, but once open shows dark fruits, blackcurrant, blackberry, slate and liquorice. Drink 2019-2016-89-90 Points, Jane Anson, June 2019

Food Pairing

Drink with grilled red meat or meat and gravy (meatballs in sauce, rabbit stew, etc.), roasted poultry (quails and plum, guinea fowl with chestnuts, chicken and mushrooms-filled vol-au-vent), and cheeses such as camembert, brie de Meaux, and goat cheese.

Additional information

Weight 750 oz
Colour

Red

Country

France

Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot

Producer

Dourthe Vineyards

Region

Bordeaux

Style

Eco Friendly, Still wines

Sub Region

Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux

Vintage

2016

Volume

750ml

ABV%

14.00%

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