Domaine Marcel Richaud

The history of the domaine started at the end of the 1960's at a time when the grapes would go straight to the cooperative winery of Cairanne. When the young Marcel Richaud-aged 17- took over the family domaine in 1974, he was determined..
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Marcel, Claire et Thomas Richaud
Vallée du Rhône
Cairanne
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Grenache blanc, Clairette, Muscat, Viognier,....
60ha
120000
AB
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The history of the domaine started at the end of the 1960's at a time when the grapes would go straight to the cooperative winery of Cairanne. When the young Marcel Richaud-aged 17- took over the family domaine in 1974, he was determined to free himself from the cooperative winery and to sell his own bottles. In 1987 he took risks buying a 3-hectare vineyard located on the great terroir of Ebrescade Indeed, he met influencial people like Marcel Lapierre in Morgon but also, Yann Rohel, a disciple of Jacques Neoport, follower of Jules Chauvet. For Marcel, the most important thing is the raw material. The harvest requires a team of 30 people and grapes having optimal maturity. The sorting is strict to obtain average yields of 35ha/hl. The grapes are picked at a precise time and put in different containers depending on whether the grapes have been picked in the morning or in the afternoon. Then, they are stored in a cold room to slow down the vigorous fermentations that begin with uniquely wild yeasts from the grapes and are very closely monitored to make sure the whole process goes slowly. 

They will finish in tanks or in big barrels, according to the wines. When stabilized, the wines will undergo no fining, nor filtering and just a little adjustment of sulphur around 15mg. Marcel Richaud is constantly reflecting: soil culture, pruning of vines, winemaking, aging, but also within the syndicate of the appellation. As the main instrumental leader of the appellation renewal of Cairanne, many people owe him a lot. He asks himself many questions always wanting to respect his grapes and this beautiful terroir of Cairanne. Since the beginning he has been assisted by his wine Marie but gradually wants to hand over the domain to his son and daughter who will have to perpetuate this beautiful work under the Mediterrean sun.

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