In the village of Cairanne sits one of the Rhones under-celebrated wineries, Domaine Richaud.
Tim Johnston of Paris’ Juveniles Wine Bar fame, was who first tipped me off to Marcel Richaud’s wines, stressing just how rock solid and true to form they are. Over the years whenever I’m in the Rhone and see a Richaud wine on offer by the glass I make a point of including one in my tasting routine.
Cairanne is one of those regions that was not an AOC of its’ own until recently, so like wines from Baumes de Venise, the Ventoux and Rasteau, they often are unfairly past over for the likes of wines from Gigondas and Chateauneuf du Pape .
On any scale, Richaud’s wines measure up with the best. The 2016 Domaine Richaud L’Ebrescade is a powerhouse blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre and in many ways can be thought of as the textbook and defining example of what a well made, well balanced and food friendly GSM should be.
Posessing a deep purple color, with a concentrated blueberry and blackberry bouquet, the wine is saturated with gobs of fruit, with hints of pepper, black tar and coal.
It’s a great wine now, or in ten years time, and that’s why the 2016 Domaine Richaud L’Ebrescade is todays’ WineSiders’ Wine of The Day!!!