Daily Wine 1/24/18:
Domaine Olga Raffault – Les Picasses – Chinon – 2012
- This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc from the old vines of the Savigny-en-Véron district of Chinon AOP.
- Chinon is an appellation in the Touraine of the Loire Valley in France.
- Les Picasses’ vineyard lies along the Vienne River and has vines over fifty years of age.
- The slopes are steep and soils are alluvial (varennes) and clay with a chalk-limestone (tuffeau) base.
- The grapes are picked by hand and are fermented in stainless steel.
- Maturation occurs in large, neutral oak and sometimes chestnut. Chestnut is a traditional barrel wood in Chinon. This cuvée spends two to three years in oak and is typically released about four years after the vintage.
- Domaine Olga Raffault is currently in its fourth generation and is currently run by Olga’s granddaughter Sylvie and her husband Eric de la Vigerie.
- Chinon AOP allows the production of red, white, and rosé. White wines must be 100% Chenin Blanc and red/rosé wines must be minimum 90% Cabernet Franc and a maximum 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Domaine Olga Raffault also produces two more reds, Les Barnabés and Les Peuilles, and a small amount of white, Chinon Blanc le Champ-Chenin.
- Pair this with venison, squab, and roast pork.