Chinon, Touraine

Olga Raffault

Les Picasses Chinon Cabernet Franc 2014

Broke out one of my cellared Raffaults for my homeboy who graced me with a home cooked Tuscan styled flank steak w rosemary & arugula, as well as Israeli cous cous w chickpeas, charred tomatoes, feta, & herbs. Light Cadmium red hued & strong color though ( good cork- not a guarantee w Raffault!); dense Hibiscus, fresh raspberry & some bramble on nose; on palate very clean & smooth mouthfeel, with the initial flavors repeated but a deeper blend of red fruits & a stronger presence of under brush. Super fresh & integrated. Elegant, & the Burgundy echo was hard to ignore. Not Uber complex but not monolithic either, which this line of Raffault can be in its youth ( or as it ages). Very impressive, & accessible now. Curious how my ‘02 & 07s will fare… — 3 days ago

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Ira Schwartz

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@Peter Sultan I am always surprised this is not on more restaurant wine-lists given the price to quality ratio.
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I have no evidence other than anecdotal but I suspect bottle variability- both from my experience and from what wine stores have told me. I imagine too it’s a tricky wine to sell given it can really shut down for periods. But all guesses @Ira Schwartz …..

Domaine Huet

Le Haut-Lieu Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2022

Lemon soda on palate. Delicious. Mineral. Bright. Not super complex. Long. — 23 days ago

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Domaine Huet

Le Mont Sec Vouvray Chenin Blanc 2021

Jan A
9.4

Just love the piercing acidity of these Huet wines, yellow chamomile flowers, hey and the precision of the whole thing together. — 25 days ago

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Sounds like it’s right up my alley!

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Chinon Cabernet Franc 2010

Deep garnet color with a hint of brick. Leather and black cherry on the nose very subdued alcohol. Earthy notes at first then dried orange peel dried montmorancy cherry leather and a bit of smoke. Have one more in the cellar which I will wait 2-5years to open. Thanks to Eric Brown for recommending this lovely cab franc — 21 hours ago

Olga Raffault

Chinon Cabernet Franc Rosé 2016

Let breathe for about an hour. Really smooth. — 16 days ago

Foreau - Domaine du Clos Naudin

Vouvray Sec Chenin Blanc 2019

Beautiful grassy nose, with hints of pineapple, lemon pledge, and crushed limestone. Beautiful hay color, slightly oily, mouth coating texture on a medium body. Palate is silky, with notes of lemon, bright pineapple, and creamy citrus, with notes of vanilla and slight fresh cut hay on the finish. — 15 hours ago

Domaine Huet

Brut Pétillant Vouvray Chenin Blanc

With jollibee 🍗 and island creek caviar, DIY #coqodaq — 15 days ago

Couly-Dutheil

Clos de l'Echo Chinon Cabernet Franc

Vintage 2015 | the wine is entering its tertiary phase, no more fruits, but cacao cedar leather, I like this a lot. Refined Cabernet franc taste. Paired with risotto funghi and then lamb chops with salad. — 17 days ago

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Domaine Bernard Baudry

Les Grézeaux Chinon Cabernet Franc 2021

Day 2 transformation. Pure gravel dust on the nose. Much more suave mouth feel. Mineralality. Raspberry. Dark fruits, and a little bret. Light to medium body. Cellar temp it’s really nice. — 20 days ago

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François Chidaine

Les Choisilles Montlouis-sur-Loire Chenin Blanc 2020

So,so bright, concentrated & clear. Fennel, endive, & rum soaked apples on nose ( tasted blind a friend thought Jura ); on palate more of those freshly cut vegetables with more apple and underripe pear notes. Intense. And so young. So many miles to go. I always never buy enough of Chidaine, to my regret. But drinking at any stage is so mesmerizing. Like a shooting star. — 16 days ago

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