Domaine Richeaume is an organic winery in the French region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The winery produces six red, three white and one pink wine. Olive oil is also manufactured on the estate. Cuvée Columelle is the first wine that I’ve tried from the winery. The wine is produced mostly with 50% Cabernet-Sauvignon and 40% Syrah grapes but other local grapes are used in small amounts, too (for example Grenache Noir). Domaine Richeaume considers Cuvée Columelle to be their quality seal.
The wine is classified as VdP des Bouches du Rhône. Since most of the wines I drink come from Italy I was excited to try this French wine. The 2006 vintage won Bronze Medal of the International Wine Challenge and the 2007 vintage won the Silver Medal of the International Wine Challenge.
Please note that the image of the bottle label is from 2008. The newer vintages have not been tested yet.
Tasting notes of Cuvée Columelle
Prior to drinking the bottle was uncorked for around an hour. I usually like it when (younger) wines get a little bit of air.
The wine had dark ruby red color. Cuvée Columelle had a bouquet which consisted of heavy aromas of red fruits, a bit of herbs and some spices. ABV was listed at 13.5%.
On the palate Cuvée Columelle had pleasing, mellow tannins and was rather dry. I tasted a lot of strawberries. The wine was full-bodied and had a long finish. All in all this is a complex and harmonic wine. Since this is still a young wine I was very surprised about how complete the wine already was.
I believe that the wine has a long aging potential. Don’t be afraid of the VdP classification. VdP is the French version of to the Italian IGT classification. In my cellar I’ve another bottle of the Cuvée Columelle and I’m looking forward to try it in a few years. I might buy a few more bottles. Some time ago I was able to get these bottles discounted for just 14€ each. I’m not sure what the regular retail price is but I found the 2010 vintage online for 24.75£ (30€). Cuvée Columelle from Domaine Richeaume is very much recommended. I consider this wine to be very good.