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Domaine Olga Raffault Les Picasses 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's Les Picasses Chinon is a standout example of the potential of the Cabernet Franc grape in the Loire Valley. The wine hails from the Les Picasses vineyard, one of the most revered sites in the Chinon appellation, known for its exceptional terroir featuring clay-limestone soils over a limestone base. This family-run estate, overseen for decades by Olga Raffault and now by her descendants, employs traditional viticulture methods and is committed to organic farming practices. The wine is fermented using native yeasts and aged in old oak barrels, preserving the natural expression of the fruit and terroir. The resulting Chinon is both robust and elegant, with a complex bouquet of dark fruits, bell pepper, and earthy undertones. Its firm tannins and balanced acidity provide excellent aging potential, though the wine is also approachable in its youth. Read more
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Cons:
  • May require some aging to fully develop its potential
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4.0
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Expert Rating:

4.6

Wine Expert Note:

On the nose, Domaine Olga Raffault Les Picasses Chinon offers an enticing bouquet of ripe red fruits, such as cherries and raspberries, accompanied by subtle floral notes. There is also a hint of earthiness, adding complexity to the aromatic profile. The palate is equally impressive, with a medium-bodied structure and well-integrated tannins. The flavors of red fruits persist, complemented by savory undertones of herbs and spices. The wine displays a good balance between fruitiness and acidity, resulting in a refreshing and vibrant character. Domaine Olga Raffault Les Picasses Chinon is known for its excellent aging potential. With proper cellaring, this wine can develop further complexity and evolve into a more nuanced and refined expression of Chinon. It pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes, including roasted meats, game, and aged cheeses. Read more
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The alcohol level in wine is a measure of the amount of alcohol present in the beverage. The degree of heat or ‘burn’ at the back of the throat is roughly proportional to the amount of alcohol consumed. It ranges from Very Low to Very High.
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Wine intensity is a measure of the concentration of flavor and aroma compounds in a wine.The stronger and more noticeable the flavors and aromas are, the higher the intensity of the wine. Intensity in wine can range from neutral (not particularly intense) to pronounced (high intensity).
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Wine body refers to the weight and texture of wine on the palate. In other words, it is the degree of body a wine has, ranging from light-bodied to full-bodied. Wines with higher body appear to have a thicker texture and can sometimes coat the palate.
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Wine acidity refers to the tartness of a wine, which gives a tingling sensation on the side of the tongue. A metallic-like sharp taste is also associated with high acidity. Sometimes a high level of sweetness, such as in luscious dessert wines, can disguise a high level of acidity. Acidity can range from soft to searing.
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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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