The Cardinal de Richelieu was known by the title of the King’s ‘First Minister’, transforming France into a strong, centralized state in the early 1600’s. Taking on this inspiration for this wine, Charles Melton Wines has created a Grenache/Mataro (aka Mourvedre in France or Monastrell in Spain) that is vibrant, rich and textual.
Made for the first time in 2006, the 2010 is the third inaugural release of this style.
A mix of whole bunch and crushed fruit was fermented to dryness and then aged in French oak barriques for 26 months. A combination of 20% new and 80% older oak was used to allow the gentle fruit expression of old bush Grenache to show through. Aging on lees has given the palate of the Richelieu greater weight and smoothness.