Cairanne, Sans Soufre, Marcel Richaud
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Cairanne, Sans Soufre, Marcel Richaud - 2020

Item # 23916 750mL

A luscious Côte du Rhône from the village of Cairanne that has been made without the addition of any sulphur. This contributes to the especially pure fruit you will find on the palate. Domaine Marcel Richaud's estate is comprised of varying plots with fine exposures that have been in winemaker, Marcel Richaud's family for generations.

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Wine made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes with minimal intervention avoiding the use of chemicals, additives and technology.

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With the uncharted territories of wine still out there, winemakers continue to push the boundaries of what consumers are accustomed to. This Côtes-du-Rhône sans soufre (“without sulfur”) by Marcel Richaud comes from the village of Cairanne, which lies on low hills with prime sun exposure and protection from Le Mistral, ensuring for cooler temperatures especially during the hotter months. Richaud’s Cairanne is meant to express the village’s stellar terroir. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan from stony-clay limestone soils, this cuvee is fermented and aged primarily in concrete tanks, the rest in oak. Aromas of black tea, stewed red fruit, blueberry jam with flavors of frozen blueberries, lavender, sage, punchy cranberry and a spicy red licorice finish. Embark on the never-ending journey of vino.




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