Olga Raffault Chinon 'Les Picasses' 2017

Olga Raffault Chinon 'Les Picasses' 2017

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For refined, classically-styled Loire Valley Cabernet Franc, look no further than Domaine Olga Raffault’s Chinon.

Established by Pierre and Olga Raffault in 1931, the domaine survived Pierre’s tragic death in 1947 thanks to the work of Ernest Zeinninger, who introduced quality-focused, minimal intervention farming at a time when chemical use was widespread in the Loire.

Taking over in 2000, Olga’s granddaughter Sylvie and her husband Eric de la Vigerie quickly achieved organic certification and critical acclaim without previous winemaking experience. With their son Arnaud, they farm 24ha in Chinon’s prime sites, the pinnacle of which is “Les Picasses”. The secret to this steep, south-facing vineyard – the source of the domaine’s flagship red cuvée – is a deep limestone seam, giving its wines significant capacity to age.

Spending 18 months in oak and chestnut foudres before bottling, “Les Picasses” is a wine of gracefulness and purity. With time in bottle, it reveals complex layers of tobacco and truffle, alongside earthy minerality and a silky-soft tannins.

Sourced directly from the cellars of Domaine Raffault, this vertical of “Les Picasses” demonstrates why mature Cabernet Franc excels in value and sheer deliciousness.

Perfumed with peony and blackcurrant leaf. Sappy and poised with a long, crunchy finish.

Wine Details

Type Red
Country France
Region Loire
Producer Olga Raffault
Vintage 2017
Grape Varieties Cabernet Franc
Farming Organic
Bottle Size 75.0cl