Le Riche Richesse Red 2021

Tasting Notes

Winery: Le Riche
Varietal: Red Blend
SKU: LERRIC2021 Categories: , ,
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Le Riche Richesse 2021



93 pts Wine Advocate Dec 2023

Composed of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cinsault, 14% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot, the 2021 Richesse is pure and precise with a focused core of ripe red-berried aromas that displays freshness and finesse. Medium-bodied, the palate displays more of the vintage, with succulent, healthy ripe fruit essences before ending with a pure, lingering, lively finish. As I sit here tasting this wine, the more it grows on me, and I notice the red fruit expressions from the Cinsault brightening the Cabernet with a delightful floral essence and hints of orange rind and potpourri. It’s a delightfully lingering red blend unique to South Africa. 2023-2036

92 pts  Tim Atkin MW 2023

Christo Le Riche added 13% Cinsault to his 2021 Richesse to bring what he calls “grace” to this dense, focused blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 13% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot and 8% Merlot. Savoury, juicy and perfumed, it’s a refined, lightly wooded assemblage with bramble, plum and red berry fruit and underlying grip and backbone. 2024-29

4 ½ Stars 2024 Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Cabernet with 13% each cinsault & cab franc, + 9% petit verdot & merlot in vibrant 21 (90 pts), fermented & aged separately in older oak 20 months, further 8 as a blend. Bone-dry, as all reds, but more approachable tannins for a plusher feel.

Winemaker Notes

As advocates of Stellenbosch, the Richesse is a nod to the blending heritage of the region. ‘Richesse’ means ‘wealth’ in French, and the name refers to the wealth of winemaking history the Stellenbosch region has to its name. This wine is a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, incorporating Cinsaut and smaller amounts of Bordeaux cultivars such as Merlot. It represents a time-honoured tradition of Cabernet Sauvignon production within the Stellenbosch region, where blending with Cinsaut was prevalent pre-1980 and blending with Bordeaux varieties became popular post-1980.

In the cellar, the winemaking team vinifies each varietal separately for up to a year, before blending takes place. The goal is to allow each variety to express its optimal characteristics. Therefore, the final blend rests on the structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon, and is complemented by a perfumed nose and fruit-forwardness thanks to the Cinsaut, while the other varieties add to the complexity and texture. The Richesse is a versatile wine and an excellent complement to any dish, especially South African braais.

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