Grape: Cabernet Franc
Tasting Notes: Cherry, Currant, Earth, Leather
Olga Raffault took over her husband’s domaine in 1947 when he passed away unexpectedly. With two children to support and a love of her land in Chinon, she took control of the domaine. Olga Raffault passed away a few years ago, and it is her granddaughter Sylvie with husband Eric who oversee the all aspects from vineyard management to wine making. Sylvie and Eric follow the traditions passed on from her grandmother, and the domaine is adamantly old school.
Olga Raffault Wines spend quite long time aging in barrels before being released, usually four years after the vintage. This wine is therefore rustic and quite earthy, with hints of orange zest and deep, dark cherry flavor. It’s medium bodied with a lush juicy texture, bright crisp acidity, and the tannins are soft, but present, and the mineral complexity in the finish is superb. Try with grilled salmon or your Thanksgiving turkey.