January 24, 2018

Light garnet with dark cherry, orange zest, bell peppers, green beans, turned earth, and minerality. Soft tannins and moderate -plus acidity.

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.
Olga Raffault
Sylvie and Eric


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