An aromatic Gamay from Vincent Ricard in Touraine
Vincent Ricard received his enology degree 20 years ago and eventually returned to the family vineyard. The Ricard family had tended vines for generations as part of a cooperative. In 1998, Vincent and his father Alain, left the cooperative to form Domaine Ricard. The majority of the production is white wine but there are also red wines made from Gamay, Cabernet Franc, and Cot. Just yesterday, Phil shared a new sample of the 2014 Domaine Ricard, Le Clos de Vauriou, Touraine. This wine uses fruit primarily from 35 year old Gamay vines which was fermented in cement tanks then aged in old oak barrels. The wine is aromatically expressive from the very first glass. It is also balanced all around, leaving a refreshing sensation. It is not just a wine to drink now, with extended air the flavors develop weight and a rounded quality suggesting you may drink this over the next several years. My suggestion is to cellar it for half a year then double-decant it for a few hours before drinking. Thanks for sharing Phil!
2014 Domaine Ricard, Le Clos de Vauriou, Touraine
Imported by Simon N Cellars. This wine is a blend of 70% Gamay and 30% Cabernet Franc. Alcohol 12.5%. The nose is immediately aromatic with attractive herbaceous underpinned by some buttery luxury. In the mouth the tart red fruit is infused with greenhouse notes. There is some weight to the flavors before the refreshing finish. The wine fills the mouth and with air, the flavors become rounder and envelop the perfectly integrated structure. *** Now – 2019.