Chinon "La Singulière"
100% Cabernet Franc. La Singulière comes from Raffault's oldest vines in the famous Les Picasses lieu-dit, where Raffault farms organically and harvests by hand. Vinification starts like that for Les Picasses--the bunches are destemmed but the berries left whole and fermented with indigenous yeasts--but departs down a unique path for "La Singulière" from here. The fermentation is in foudre rather than tank, and the maceration is the longest of any of their wines, at a month minimum. La Singulière is the only Raffault wine to see a barrique-sized barrel or new wood in any size: it spends two to three years in new barrique, followed by several years in bottle before release. 2014 is the current vintage (and a first-time import for Louis/Dressner and Bowler).