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Domaine Olga Raffault Les Barnabés Chinon

Domaine Olga Raffault
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750 mL
Wine Type
Red Still Wine
RegionLoire Valley
Alcohol Level
Country
France
SubregionChinon
Drinking Window
GrapesCabernet Franc
Wine Description:
"Domaine Olga Raffault" is a revered name in the Chinon appellation, a region celebrated for its exceptional Cabernet Franc wines. The "Les Barnabés" vineyard is a testament to the domaine's commitment to producing wines that are both expressive of their terroir and reflective of the winery's rich heritage. The Raffault family has been making wine for several generations, and their approach combines meticulous vineyard management with minimal intervention in the winery, allowing the character of the Chinon terroir to shine through. The vineyards are situated on the banks of the Vienne River, where the unique microclimate and varied soils contribute to the distinctive profiles of their wines. "Les Barnabés" is particularly noted for its sandy soils, which tend to produce lighter, more aromatic, and earlier-maturing wines. This makes it an excellent introduction to the elegance and complexity of Chinon Cabernet Franc. Read more
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  • Olga Raffault is a regionally leading producer
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  • It can be decanted or matured to elevate its potential in the glass
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User Rating:

3.9
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Expert Rating:

4.0

Wine Expert Note:

The Domaine Olga Raffault "Les Barnabés" Chinon is a vibrant expression of Cabernet Franc, showcasing the varietal's characteristic freshness and aromatic complexity. The nose is greeted with an inviting bouquet of red berries, fresh herbs, and a hint of floral notes, reminiscent of violets. On the palate, the wine is lively and light-bodied, with a core of juicy red fruit flavors — think raspberries and cherries — complemented by subtle green bell pepper and mineral undertones. The tannins are soft and well-integrated, making this wine approachable in its youth, yet capable of short-term aging. The finish is clean and refreshing, with a persistent fruitiness that beckons for another sip. Read more
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Wine tannin gives wine its textural mouthfeel and astringency. Tannin is a natural compound found in grape skins, seeds, and stems. It contributes to the structure and helps to balance out the sweetness of the fruit. Tannins are usually discussed when it comes to red wines, even though some white and rosé wines with certain wine making techniques can also contain tannins.
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