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Le Riche "Richesse" '17


Le Riche "Richesse" '17

This is the type of wine we search for from California, but simply can't find. Just try to find an excellent Bordeaux varietal blend around $20 that isn't "tweaked" with added enzymes, manipulated fruit, and other tricks of the industrial trade. This fantastic, everyday value is from South Africa, a country which too has its share of industrial producers, but also small, top-notch producers such as Le Riche in Stellenbosch. 

Etienne Le Riche is a passionate, well-spoken winemaker who believes that Stellenbosch is the perfect terroir for Cabernet Sauvignon.  

"Richesse" is one of three wines produced at Le Riche. It is the wine that is meant to drink on the young side, while you wait for the others to come to maturity. It is a blend of 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cinsault (which Etienne believes brings fresh acidity and the ability to age the wine furthermore), 14% Petit Verdot, 12% Merlot, 8% Malbec and 7% Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petite Verdot. Raised in older 225L oak for 12 months, the components are then blended and matured in 225L, 600L and 4,500L older oak barrels for a further 8 months.  

Pretty aromatics of cherry and plum with a hint at oak spice. Full-bodied, with silky fruit, soft tannins and a long finish. 

You can just curl up by the fire with a glass of Richesse or pair it with braised beef dishes. A terrific value!


South Africa


Producer Le Riche
Vintage 2017
Format 750ml


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