Chinon "La Singulière"

2014
France
Loire

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). 

92+ points
"The 2014 Chinon La Singulière is based on the fruit from small yields in the oldest clay-limestone parcels of the domaine as well as a careful barrel selection after two to three years of aging. The wine opens pure and fresh but also quite toasty on the dark-toned, ethereal and elegant nose that reveals fir and forest floor aromas. Round, refined and very elegant on the palate, with liver flavors as well as a certain animal reduction, this is a full-bodied and tight yet juicy Chinon with fine tannins and an elegant freshness that will develop over the years in the bottle. Yet again, this doesn't yet kick me as much as the other cuvées of the domaine. Tasted in April 2021."
Stephan Reinhardt,
Wine Advocate
, August 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB3798-14
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Cabernet Franc
Farming Type: 
Organic