Chinon Les Picasses


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. Raffault's mid-slope vines are at least 50 years old and are worked organically and harvested by hand. The fruit is destemmed with the berries left whole; they are fermented with indigenous yeasts i tank with a maceration of 25-30 days. The wine is aged for one to two years in 30-hectoliter oak and chestnut foudres; it is then aged in bottle for about four years before release.

94 points
"Domaine Raffault’s 2015 Chinon “les Picasses” is an outstanding young wine. The clay and limestone soils of this hillside vineyard, set well back from the confluence of the Vienne and Loire Rivers that define this section of the appellation, provide a beautiful signature of terroir to the wine. The bouquet is deep, pure and already quite complex at six years of age, offering up a fine blend of cassis, black cherries, Cuban cigars, a superb base of soil tones, tree bark, juniper berries, bonfire and coffee bean. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a lovely core of black fruit, excellent transparency, ripe, buried tannins and outstanding balance on the long, structured and extremely promising finish. Though the les Picasses bottling sees a longer maceration period than any of the other Chinons from the 53 domaine, which used to translate to a rather chewy personality early, these most recent vintages seem far more suave structurally out of the blocks than was the case a decade or two ago and this wine will drink extremely well not too far down the road, and as always, keep for many decades. Fine, fine juice. 2025-2065. "
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, May-June 2021
92 points
"From Raffault’s top site, with 50 year old vines on chalky clay-limestone soils. Aged for one year in foudre. Light ruby in color. Bright, fruity nose of cherry and raspberry. Light and precise in the mouth, nimble, soft and supple, delivering more warm red fruit and a lengthy finish."
Jason Wilson,
Vinous Media
, July 2020

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Cabernet Franc
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