The 2017 vintage underwent the fortunately infrequent, but nevertheless serious weather phenomenon of spring frosts. At Château Ripeau only 1.5 hectares (3.7 acres) of vines escaped the natural catastrophe. Favourable conditions during the growth season and special attention to feeding the vines made it possible to bring out the amazing potential of our Cabernet Sauvignon. The Merlot and Cabernet Franc, which have been fundamental to the very identity of Château Ripeau in previous vintages, also expressed their worth. Leaf removal was carried out on the east-facing flank of the vine rows to protect the fruit from any possible sunburn. The small population of grapevine moths was fully controlled by mating disruption techniques. The heavy rainfall in September had very little impact thanks to the drainage systems installed during 2016. By managing the flow of rainwater better, we were able to reach satisfactory ripeness.
Alcoholic fermentation at low temperature to preserve the freshness of the fruit Barrels selection : Quality and heating adapted according to the typicity of each batch
50% in new barrels 50% in stainless steel vats