Chateau Cres Ricard Oenothera 2018
A full-bodied, deep and complex bouquet of spices yet lively & smooth with flavors of blackcurrant, black cherry, and a licorice ﬁnish.
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The Château des Crès Ricards Estate was established in 1960 in the village of Ceyras (32 km from the coast). Fifty years later, Jean-Claude Mas acquired these 28 hectares. Jean-Claude was so fascinated by the terroir of the Terrasses du Larzac that he expanded the estate to 42 hectares in 2013. This sub-appellation of the Languedoc is known for its intensely flavorful and silky wines.
Chateau des Crès Ricards is situated at the foot of the Mont Saint-Baudille in the Southern foothills of the Massif Central. The estate utilizes a unique geology of well-drained, iron rich, clay-limestone soils, with inclusions of pebbles and shale. Rich in micro-nutrients, the soils provide the vines with the best possible conditions for a slow ripening period, producing wines with exceptionally balanced structure and aroma. Here, the Cordon de Royat pruned vines are planted to a density of 5200 vines per hectare and yield 40 hl/ha. The grapes are exclusively hand harvested and undergo partial carbonic maceration. The vines are grown using sustainable viticulture practices, with portions of the vineyards being certified Terra Vitis.
Appellation : AOP Terrasses du Larzac
Blend: Syrah 70%, Grenache 30%
Soil – Limestone and clay, with pebbly soils on steep, terraced vineyards. Distinctive red soils indicative of signiﬁcant iron oxide deposits. Oenothera is from individual parcels of 30 year old vines of Syrah and 43 year old vines of Grenache.
Vinification – Upon the reception, the grapes are sorted on a selection table. Traditional fermentation and maceration for the Grenache and a part of the Shiraz (20 to 30 days), with daily pumping over. 20% of the Syrah has been viniﬁed under carbonic maceration. The different varieties will undergo malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels (new and up to 3-year-old barrels).
Ageing – In January the ﬁnal blend is made which will be aged in the same barrels for 10 months. (new and up to 3 year-old barrels)
Colour : Deep ruby color.
Nose : A complex bouquet of spices (pepper and cinnamon), tobacco, mocha and blackcurrant jam.
Mouth : A mouth full, velvety, roasted and fruity (black cherry joining the blackcurrant), with a very refreshing finish of liquorice.
Food & wine pairing : Serve at 16-18° C, on a beef back steak with morels or prime rib steak with salt
Paul Mas – Voted European Winery of the Year 2020 by Wine Enthusiast
Best Producer France – Mundus Vini 2020
Producteur de l’annee 2020 – Bettane & Desseauve
Decanter – 92 points
A complex and savoury nose brimming with cinnamon spice, tobacco, vanilla and dark chocolate laced blackcurrants. The palate is appealing with rich, supple and ripe cherry flavours, softly touched by oak and liquorice. It’s lively and very drinkable but still with depth and a core of vibrant flavours that will age well. Very enjoyable. A blend produced from single vineyards planted with old, low-yielding 34-year-old Syrah vines and 47-year-old Grenache vines. Drinking Window 2020 – 2030
Wine Advocate – 91 points
A 70-30 blend of Syrah and Grenache, the 2018 Terrasses du Larzac Chateau des Cres Richards Oenothera features scents of licorice, garrigue, violets, cracked pepper and blackberries. It’s full-bodied and supple in the mouth, almost creamy in texture, with hints of vanilla and dill showing up on the long, silky finish. Both of the Crès Ricards bottlings are excellent in 2018.
This large family-owned firm produces blended wines under the Paul Mas Reserve label. These wines have good quality-to-price ratios, but the better bottlings come from the individual estates, including Château Paul Mas (listed here), Château Capendu, Château des Crès Ricards, Château Jérémie, Château Villegly, Domaine Silène des Payrals and Domaine les Verrières.