Domaine Olga Raffault Domaine Chinon 2017
|Region||France, Loire Valley, Chinon|
|Brand||Domaine Olga Raffault|
100% Cabernet Franc. 2017 is the first vintage of the "Domaine Chinon" bottling. It is a combination of Raffault estate and some purchased fruit, a first for Raffault, born of the devastating vintage conditions. It is made from similar sites and in a similar style as their Barnabés Chinon: meant to be an early-and-easy-drinking, tank-aged wine from the younger vines on the flat, sandy, alluvial plain along the Vienne and Loire Rivers.
Classic Loire Cabernet Franc characteristics, Nose bright red tangy fruit of tart raspberry and tart cherry with dried herbs. The nose continues of the palette with bright tart red fruit flavors with a touch of spicy chili flakes, cranberry, finishing with this crushed gravel minerality.
Notes of underbrush and loamy earth frame the core of blackberry and damson plum fruit in this lively red. The tannins are firm but very well-integrated, providing great balance and support. A tobacco leaf detail emerges on the long finish. Best from 2020 through 2028.