OLGA RAFFAULT LES BARNABES CHINON 18

OLGA RAFFAULT LES BARNABES CHINON 18

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"Domaine Olga Raffault is unquestionably one of the long-time reference points for top-quality, traditional Chinon wines. Its history is intriguing. Olga and her husband Pierre operated the estate together until he died unexpectedly just before harvest in 1947. Alone with two small children, Olga was left to run the business but was ably assisted for the vintage by employee Ernest Zenninger, a German prisoner who had found refuge and work at Raffault at the end of the war. Ernest stayed on, becoming the winemaker and working closely with Olga’s son Jean Raffault. The two of them ran the estate as a team for decades, under Olga’s watchful eye, until Jean’s daughter Sylvie and her husband Eric de la Vigerie took over about 10 years ago. The farming is certified organic and harvest is manual. This minimalist approach in the vineyard extends to the cellar. The fruit is destemmed, with the whole berries going uncrushed into tank for fermentation with native yeasts." (Bowler Wine)


16.5/20 JancisRobinson.com, Julia Harding MW

"Organic wine and a previous wine of the week. Deepish cherry red. Intense Cabernet Franc aroma of dark-red fruits (raspberry not strawberry ), leafy without being at all unripe, stony/rocky, cedary like a freshly sharpened pencil. Tannins are moderately chewy but smooth and filled out by the lovely fruit. More full-bodied than you might expect for a wine of only 12.5% alcohol. A hint of sour/sour cherry at the end draws out the finish. (JH)." Drink 2020 - 2025

90/100 Vinous, Jason Wilson

"Limpid orange. Highly perfumed, mineral-accented strawberry, cherry, tangerine and floral aromas are complemented by a subtle herbal nuance. Vibrant red berry and zesty orange pith flavors show fine clarity and a dusty mineral flourish on the back half. Finishes very long and focused, displaying firm tension and repeating florality. "


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