- Tasting Notes & Technical Details
Domaine Richaud, situated in the heart of Cairanne, has a reputation for producing some of the finest wines of the Southern Rhône, characterised by bright fruit, superb balance and great drinkability. Marcel Richaud is the fifth generation of his family to make wine. Stylistically, he sees himself as having more in common with Burgundy’s Côte d‘Or than with what he describes as “the over-extracted wines of the South”. Today, his daughters Claire and Édith and his son Thomas run the family domaine.
The Richaud family’s approach allows the true expression of the fruit and the vineyards to shine through in the glass. All 30 hectares of Richaud’s meticulously kept vineyards are certified organic. The low-yielding, bush-trained Grenache (60% of plantings), Syrah (15 – 20%) and Mourvèdre (15 – 20%) vines are planted on poor soils and range from 40 to 70 years old. The wines have excellent concentration as a result.
The ‘Terre de Galets’ is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre and Counoise. The wine is vinified in concrete tanks where it remains until bottling. It offers aromas of fragrant black fruit with a hint of black olive and anise on the nose. On the palate it is well structured with grainy tannins and a blackberry fruit lift on the finish. The Cairanne is a blend of 30% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 15% Counoise, 20% Carignan and 15% Syrah. 60% of the wine is fermented in tank and the rest in 600 litre oak barrels. Claire bottles the wine without fining or filtration to maintain the vibrant berry fruit character. On the palate, the Cairanne displays bright red fruit and wild herbs, supple tannins and a long, alluring finish. The Rasteau is a blend of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah and boasts lifted aromas of raspberry, red cherries and violets on the nose. It has excellent structure with firm but ripe tannins and a liquorice character that persists on the finish. The Cairanne Blanc reflects the innovative spirit of Marcel and his family who continue to raise the profile of the Cairanne appellation. The wine has an expressive character of white flowers and bright stone fruit with a lovely, textured palate and freshness from the clay, limestone soils.
Domaine Richaud’s vineyards cover 55 hectares outside the village of Cairanne, on the road to Rasteau in the Côtes du Rhône. The bush trained vines for this wine are grown in Les Garrigues (also called “Plan de Dieu”) on red clay, pebble and sandy soils, and are on average 30 years old. Terre de Galets is soured from the estate's driest soils resulting in very low yields and excellent concentration. Certified organic by Ecocert.
2020 was an excellent vintage in the region. A rainy spring replenished water reserves in the soils followed by excellent conditions at flowering. Warm and dry conditions at harvest resulted in low disease pressure and good yields of concentrated berries.
Traditional vinification took place in concrete tanks, where the wine remained for 8 months until bottling. The bottled wine was then stored in temperature-controlled underground cellars until release.
This wine is a deep ruby red colour. The nose has aromas of black fruits with hints of olives and anise. On the palate, the wine is rich and expressive with supple and well-blended tannins, and hints of spice that linger on the finish.