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Domaine Olga Raffault Les Picasses Chinon

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375 mL
750 mL
Wine Type
Red Wine
RegionLoire Valley
Alcohol Level
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France
SubregionChinon
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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.
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  • Iconic producer
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  • May require some aging to fully develop its potential
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4.1
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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.
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