Chinon Blanc Champ-Chenin

2018
France
Loire

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. 

90 points
"On the nose, lots of honeysuckle, white pepper and understated orchard fruit. Fleshy peach and apricot on the palate, with attractive underlying saltiness throughout. Friendly, open and straightforward."
Jason Wilson,
Vinous Media
, June 2020
94 points
"The 2018 Chinon Blanc “Champ-Chenin” from Domaine Raffault is really an outstanding bottle of young, bone dry Chenin Blanc. The wine comes in at 12.5 percent alcohol and possess a nervosité on the palate that is really delightful. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a mix of green apple, quince, a lovely base of chalky soil, beeswax, spring flowers and a dollop of upper register lanolin. On the palate the wine is vibrant, full-bodied, focused and racy, with a superb core of fruit, excellent mineral drive and a long, nascently complex and impeccably balanced finish. Great juice. 2021-2045."
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB0456-18
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Chenin Blanc
Farming Type: 
Organic