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Château De Ricaud 2012 Wine Review

Château De Ricaud 2012

Château De Ricaud 2012

Cadillac Côtes De Bordeaux A.C., France

Community Score:89/100

Community Reviews: 12

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Price: $18.95

Drink: 2015-2021

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 13%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine


Winery: Château De Ricaud

Agent: Philippe Dandurand Wines Ltd.

Natalie's Score: 91/100

This superb Bordeaux from the strong 2012 vintage is a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes grown in Cadillac to the south of Bordeaux with vines planted in an ampitheatre. It's aged in 400-litre barrels, the larger size so as not to impart heavy oak flavours. This wine is deep, dark and concentrated, a great expression of its terroir and an exceptional value for the price. Spicy finish. Decant 1-2 hours. Pair with a rare steak.

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This Château De Ricaud 2012 was reviewed on April 26, 2017 by Natalie MacLean

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Reviews and Ratings

Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

A blend of mainly Merlot(90%) with small quantities of Cab Sauv and Petit Verdot, made from grapes grown on clay-limestone soil. Aromas of strawberry, cherry and a hint of licorice develop into a rich palate giving plum, dark fruit, ripe cassis and spice. Rounded tannins, food-friendly acidity and a savoury finish on this rich wine that gives an impression of freshness throughout. One of my (several) favourites at the Dourthe luncheon.
Tasted April 2017
Nicole Lewis rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

Chateau de Ricaud, This vineyard, south of Bordeaux, near Cadillac, was obtained by Dourthe Wines in 1980 and they uprooted many vines to increase the quality of the estate. This is evident in this lovely deep ruby offering. On the nose there was evidence of earthy elements, cherries and violets. In the mouth: oh yeah! ripe cherry, raspberry, sour cherry, lively, forest loam, and cigar box. This is a medium bodied, high acidity and balanced with subtle cherry fruit character.
Aged - 400 L barrels so that the oak elements gently supporting the structure of this The finish is tart but moderated with cherry and cigar box replaying. Pair with lamb stew.

Pity! Apparently only available in Quebec. Tasted on April 13, 2017
Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

A lovely nose of fresh strawberry, cherry and violet. Richly abundant flavors on the palate including raspberry, cherry and cassis. Medium bodied and lingering sour cherry finish. Tasted April 2017.
Andrew Bernardo rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Warm spice, pepper, black cherry, crushed rocks, fresh herb, dried flower, and sous-bois. Drink now or hold for 5 years. 90 points. (www.ottawawinejournal.com)
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 89/100 with the following review:

Here we have a value-priced Bordeaux blend with prominent floral, red berry fruit, and baking spice notes. This wine is medium bodied with moderate tannins, clean crisp acidity and a long spice and berry finish. Enjoy with tomato based stews and salumi platters. Tasted Oct 2016. @sommsosa | bespoketastings.ca
Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

A good value old world style Cotes de Bourdeaux red blend featuring earthy notes, old world baking spice, tart red fruit, integrated tannins, medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Pairs well with Belizian Rainforest Organic cacao Dark Chocolate or Blue Cheese crustinis - Tasted Oct 2016 - rated 88/100 - bespoketastings.ca
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Great value for the price. More herbaceous and spicy notes on this primarily Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Lots of blackberry, green herb notes and black pepper. Medium+ finish. Nice balance of fruit and spice on the palate. Decant for one hour before serving and serve with a nice prime rib.
Sylvain Segard rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Medium to dark ruby in colour with a purple hue. Pleasant aromas of red fruits, white pepper, and oakwood. This wine is dry, moderately tannic, and has a juicy mouthfeel. There is a bit of green pepper flavour upon entry, but the palate is immediately rounded with cherry and blackberry flavours of medium intensity, and also some baking spices and cocoa bitterness. Decant before serving. Score 88. (S.Segard, reviewed April 13., 2013)
David Skinner rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Medium ruby and a pink rim. Cherry, smoke, cedar and some pepper on the nose. Delicate fragrance. On the palate this wine features cherry, blackberry and toasty barrel nuances. Full bodied and firm tannins that are well integrated. A medium length finish.

Try pairing this with caramelized onions and black olive tapenade on a toasted baguette.
Melanie Aubert rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

This estate, near Sauternes, grows 90% merlot, 8% cabernet sauvignon and 2% petit verdot. All these grapes go into the Château de Ricaud, which effuses aromas of cherry, smoke, cedar and hint of gaminess. It is aged in large, 400-liter barrels, which limits the oak exposure. As a result, the mouthfeel is only slightly drying, but still provides good structure. Open up this bottle a couple of hours before dinner and decant, then pair with hearty beef stew.

Get the whole story at https://winingwithmel.com/2017/04/16/intro-to-bordeaux-dourthe/
Pamela Chiles rated this wine as 88/100 with the following review:

Dark ruby, medium- to full-bodied, savoury dried blackberry and black raspberry, soft spice, a hint of smoke and grainy tannins. Good value Bordeaux. Pair with lamb or beef kebabs.

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