Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses 2015

92 Vinous | 94 View From the Cellar



Country: France

Region: Loire

Variety: Cabernet Franc

Terroir: limestone soil; southern exposure

Winemaking: certified organic farming; destemming; fermented with indigenous yeast; aged four year in old foudres (some chestnut)

Vinous 92 (Jason Wilson)
From Raffault’s top site, with 50 year old vines on chalky clay-limestone soils. Aged for one year in foudre. Light ruby in color. Bright, fruity nose of cherry and raspberry. Light and precise in the mouth, nimble, soft and supple, delivering more warm red fruit and a lengthy finish.

View From the Cellar 94 (John Gilman)
made from fifty-plus year-old vines in the heart of this excellent vineyard, is outstanding in 2014. This is always a cuvée built for the cellar and the 2014 vintage is no exception. The bouquet is pure and promising, offering up scents of red and dark berries, cigar smoke, a complex base of soil tones, a touch of tree bark, a hint of meatiness and a topnote of menthol. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very transparent in personality, with a rock solid core of fruit, ripe, chewy tannins, good focus and grip and a long, nascently complex and beautifully soil-driven finish. This is outstanding juice in the making! 2024-2065.


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