French Oak brand for bolder red varietal barrels
and puncheons. (225-500L)
The Richelieu brand was established to create barrels for bolder red varietals and blends, including Rhône varietals and very structured Pinot Noir. Named after Cardinal Richelieu, a French nobleman, powerful ruler and patron of the arts, the idea was to develop a barrel to give structure and power while retaining a noble elegance.
The Richelieu barrels are handcrafted using a unique, proprietary blend of oak from small micro climates within three of the finest forests in France, all sourced from independent family suppliers with trusted, long-established relationships. One forest contributes a noted minerality, another imparts structure, texture and spice, while the third brings softness, freshness and elegance.
These three forests come together in a barrel toasted in a specific house style, creating a complex yet balanced contribution that shines a spotlight on fruit and terroir, while adding a pronounced length—culminating in a polished harmony of wood and wine. Available in several toast levels and in limited quantities, each Richelieu barrel is carefully crafted to ensure a precisely measured combination of these three forests, with all staves seasoned for a minimum of 36 months.
A complex yet balanced contribution that shines a spotlight on fruit and terroir, while adding a pronounced length - culminating in a polished harmony of wood and wine.
RICHELIEU'S STRONG STYLISTIC POINTS
For bolder red varietals, styles and blends
Mix of 3x French Forests
Minimum of 36 months air dried staves
Available in 225L - 500L