Grapes: Grenache + Mourvedre + Syrah + Carignan + Counoise
Soils: Clay + Limestone
Vinification: After harvest, grapes are cooled down for 12 hours. Everything is destemmed with the exception of the Carignan which is vinified whole-cluster and the Counoise which is vinified semi-carbonically. Each varietal is vinified separately in concrete vats. Macerations last between 8 and 10 days. A single remontage is done each day during fermentation.
Aging: 1 year
Fining or Filtering: Lightly filtered
Notes from the Importer: Richaud comes from a vine growing family who'd historically and prosperously sold grapes to the local
cave cooperative. So it came as a shock when Marcel, only 17 at the time, told his father he wanted to become a "vigneron indépendant". To his senior, this was incomprehensible and felt very risky: nothing to gain, more work and less pay. Undeterred, Marcel started with 14 hectares of his aunt's vines, producing his first vintage at 19 years old in a dilapidated cellar with no roof. He quickly made a name for himself in the nascent Parisian natural wine scene of the early 1990's and eventually began incorporating his father's cooperative vines into his eponymous production.
Today, Marcel is retired and the estate is run by his children Thomas, Claire and Edith. The estate has grown to a sizeable 80 hectares over the years, a combination of Marcel progressively recouping family vineyards from the cooperative and purchasing land; about 40 hectares come from the family and the other 40 have been purchased or planted since the 1980's.