Olga Raffault Les Picasses Chinon 2016
Domaine Olga Raffault is one of the region's most respected wine producers and here's a superb example of Cabernet Franc from the Loire - spicy, refreshing, structured and elegant with weight and depth of flavour making it one for the cellar as well as now. Bright, bold, fresh take on the Cabernet Franc theme with approachably smooth and soft berry flavours.
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.