Chinon Les Picasses

2014
France
Loire

100% Cabernet Franc. Les Picasses is the most famous Chinon lieu-dit, close to the village of Beaumont-En-Véron on the north bank of the Vienne River. It is a slope with full southern exposure and chalky clay-limestone soils, the combination resulting in fully ripened, structured wines. Raffault's mid-slope vines are at least 50 years old and are worked organically and harvested by hand. The fruit is destemmed and the whole, uncrushed berries are fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tank; fermentation and maceration last for 25-30 days, depending on the vintage. The wine is aged for 2-3 years in oak and chestnut foudres ranging from 30-50 hectoliters; it is then further aged in tank and bottle before release about four years after the vintage. Les Picasses is the fullest-bodied, most structured and most complex of the Raffault reds.

94 points
"More powerful and full-bodied wine from Le Picasses than 2015. A stunner. Fresh and complex, but a more muscular side of Chinon. Dark ruby in color. Expressive nose full of blackberry, black olive, spice and pepper. On the palate, rich, dark, with more olive and some tobacco on the finish. Amazing value."
Jason Wilson,
Vinous Media
, July 2020
91 points
"Dark and developed, this red features integrated tannins on a well-knit structure, while acidity underscores the ripe dark berry fruit and imparts good energy. Savory herbal notes emerge on the long finish. Drink now through 2025. 1,000 cases imported."
Alecks Zecevic,
Wine Spectator
, November 2019

SKU/Code: 
DB8974-14
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Cabernet Franc
Farming Type: 
Organic