Chinon Blanc Champ-Chenin
100% Chenin Blanc. There is a scant amount of Chenin Blanc grown in Chinon compared to Cabernet Franc. Some of the oldest vines are in Raffault's one-hectare monopole called Champ Chenin, a particularly limestone-rich patch of ground due west of Les Picasses. Like all Raffault vines, these are farmed organically and harvested by hand. The Chenin is gently whole-clusted-pressed for 3 hours; fermented with native yeasts in tank at cool temperatures; and aged on its lees in tank, without malolactic fermentation and with occasional stirring, until bottling in the year after the vintage. Champ-Chenin is easily one of the most mineral, powerful and age-worthy Chenins out there. Its production is miniscule.