Domaine Richaud Terre De Galets Cotes du Rhone 2016 (1x75cl)
Awarded 90 points and Highly Recomended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) - in their December 2017 edition - in their Weekday Wines column (see blue link below)
Domaine Richaud Terre De Galets Cotes du Rhone 2016 - June 2018 Decanter review
Domaine Richaud might be situated closer to the Languedoc than Burgundy, but stylistically Marcel Richaud sees himself as having more in common with the Côte d'Or. He is dismissive of what he describes as the over-extracted styles of the south. The key, he says, is balance and this begins in the meticulously tended vineyards. His new winery has a range of smaller tanks, giving greater flexibility for blending smaller parcels of wine.
The vineyards cover 55 hectares outside the village of Cairanne, on the road to Rasteau in the Côtes du Rhône. The vines are bush trained and low yielding and are 30 years old on average. Yields are approximately 38-45 hectolitres per hectare. The grapes for this wine are grown in Les Garrigues, Paligot and Beauchières vineyards. The soil consists of ancient sandy, gravelly and stony soils in the valleys of Algues and Ouveze. The vineyards are certified organic by Ecocert.
2016 was a classic vintage. Drought conditions produced smaller berries with less juice meaning lower yields, but other than that there was little to be concerned. The growing season got off to an early start, without the excessive humidity. Summer arrived earlier as well, and flowering occurred in nearly ideal conditions. The second half of the season was warm and very dry. While the hot and dry conditions persisted, the cool nights helped mitigate the effects of the heat.
Traditional vinification took place in concrete tanks where the wine remained until bottling, after which it was stored in temperature-controlled underground cellars until release.
This wine is light garnet in colour, with notes of red fruits and black olive. Fresh and balanced on the palate, with hints of violets, it has good structure, rounded tannins and a long finish.
Carignan | Grenache | Syrah | Counoise | Mourvedre
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