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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.

ABOUT RICHELIEU

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