Producer Profile

Domaine Marcel Richaud

If you're familiar with Cairanne, renowned for its exceptional terroir within the expansive Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages appellation, you've likely heard of Marcel Richaud.

Marcel hails from a family deeply rooted in vine cultivation, traditionally selling grapes to the local cooperative. At the age of 17, Marcel stunned his father by expressing his desire to become an independent vigneron. To his father, this decision seemed incomprehensible and fraught with risk—no apparent gains, more labor, and less compensation. Undeterred, Marcel embarked on his journey with 14 hectares of his aunt's vines, producing his inaugural vintage at the tender age of 19 in a decrepit cellar lacking a roof.


Where The Wines Come From

Rhone Valley

The Rhône Valley, nestled in southeastern France, is renowned for its rich winemaking history and diverse terroir. In recent years, the region has also become a prominent destination for natural winemaking. With its Mediterranean climate, varied soils, and a plethora of indigenous grape varieties, the Rhône Valley offers an ideal environment for sustainable viticulture. Natural winemakers here prioritize organic and biodynamic farming methods, cultivating grapes such as Syrah, Grenache, and Viognier with minimal intervention to express the true essence of the land. By eschewing chemical additives and focusing on natural fermentation, they produce wines that are vibrant, aromatic, and reflective of the region's unique terroir. Whether it's the bold and spicy reds of the northern Rhône or the lush and aromatic whites of the southern Rhône, the natural wines of the region are known for their complexity, balance, and sense of place. As the demand for authentic and terroir-driven wines continues to grow, the Rhône Valley remains a beacon of tradition and innovation in the world of natural winemaking.