Most famous Cabernet Franc from Loire

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Domaine Olga Raffault is one of the Loire Valley's most respected wine producers and, excitingly, the home to our newest French wines in store. All of the wines are certified organic and all grapes are hand picked, destemmed and fermented with wild yeasts. 

The wines 

Chenin and Chinon sound eerily similar but they couldn't be more different. 
The dry flinty whites made from Chenin Blanc here are incredibly refreshing, concentrated wines while Chinon AC is an appellation controlee dedicated to the Cabernet Franc grape; a smooth, structured and spicy red grape best known in Bordeaux. 

Meet Chenin and Chinon

All of the Olga Raffault wines are certified organic, hand picked, minimally treated in the winery and fermented using wild yeasts. 
2021 Olga Raffault Chinon AC RRP $34.99
Cabernet Franc from a single vineyard site, organically certified and hand harvested. A great introduction from an iconic producer into Loire Cabernet Franc's spicy refreshing charms. Can even be served lightly chilled.
2016 Olga Raffault Chinon Picasses RRP $51.99
One of the greatest Cabernet Francs made in this part of France. Deep blackberries and blackcurrant leaf aromas lead into a structured, broadly mouthfilling wine with refreshing succulence and velvet smooth appeal. 
2019 Olga Raffault Chinon Barnabes RRP $37.99
Another great Cabernet Franc from Olga Raffault, made from a single vineyard site, showing strength and power as well as elegance. 
2017 Olga Raffault Champ-Chenin RRP $68.99
Freshness doesn't come better than Chenin Blanc, especially from such an outstanding producer as this one. 
The story of the winery is a bittersweet tale of a couple working together, until one of them died just prior to harvest in 1947. That couple were Olga and Pierre Raffault. She was left with two small children when he passed away but she was helped by a German refugee, Ernest Zenninger, who worked for her after World War II. He stayed on, became the winemaker and worked closely with the family, until Olga's children took over the winemaking.

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