I love Cairanne and have read nothing but good things about Domaine Richaud. Although I have always been a fan of Domaine l'Oratoire Saint Martin Cairanne, I thought this wine was worth a try when I saw it at a good price on a WineBid auction.
Opaque, purplish color--must have been aged in barriques. Lots of oak, black fruits, coffee, plums and spice box. Exciting but not what I've come to expect from Cairanne. Full-bodied presence with plenty of alcohol (14.5%). Both smells and flavors open up dramatically when I pour from the Rabbit aerator. More red fruit and more depth now. But reminds me of an Australian GSM rather than a Cairanne. International style, not mine.