Olga Raffault

Champ-Chenin Chinon Chenin Blanc

9.285 ratings
9.338 pro ratings
Chinon, Touraine, Loire Valley, France
Chenin Blanc
Turkey, Vanilla & Caramel, Fruit & Berries, Exotic Spices, Salads & Greens, Pate, Potato, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Fruit Desserts, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, White Rice, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pungent Cheese, Squash & Root Vegetables, Goat & Feta Cheese, Cheddar & Gruyere, Sweet Potato, Yuca, Taro, Baking Spices, Chili & Hot Spicy, Nuts & Seeds, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Quinoa, Shellfish, Sweet Potato
Top Notes For
Seth Morgen Long

Broker • Arterberry Maresh / Winemaker • Morgen Long

9.2

Vibrant, blistering and energetic. Super fresh. No malo for sure. What a wonderful wine drinking so very well at a ripe old age!

Vibrant, blistering and energetic. Super fresh. No malo for sure. What a wonderful wine drinking so very well at a ripe old age!

Jul 21st, 2018
Rachel Signer

Surprisingly acidic, powerful

Surprisingly acidic, powerful

2 people found it helpfulJul 9th, 2014
TJ Maxwell

The color was light and straw colored. Hardly looked like a 23 yr old wine. Fresh and delicate.

The color was light and straw colored. Hardly looked like a 23 yr old wine. Fresh and delicate.

1 person found it helpfulMay 19th, 2016
Jorge Henriquez

Zachys Wine Auctions

9.1

Deliciously complex. A bit of a burnt toast/hair whiff but a little swirling coaxes out wax and honeyed fruit.

Deliciously complex. A bit of a burnt toast/hair whiff but a little swirling coaxes out wax and honeyed fruit.

1 person found it helpfulApr 4th, 2016
Steve Matthiasson

Owner/Winemaker Matthiasson Wines

9.2

Fascinating wine, distinct aroma of fresh mushrooms, very unusual in a white, this would be an interesting one to play with wine pairings, something that demands high acid with this extreme earthiness, maybe escargot? Or cassoulet? Either way, special to encounter a wine with such a distinct personality.

Fascinating wine, distinct aroma of fresh mushrooms, very unusual in a white, this would be an interesting one to play with wine pairings, something that demands high acid with this extreme earthiness, maybe escargot? Or cassoulet? Either way, special to encounter a wine with such a distinct personality.

1 person found it helpfulNov 1st, 2015
Jeremy Noye

CEO Morrell & Company

9.2

Drinking great. The zip vs the texture is perfect right now. Right on the edge of the knife. Could tip either way. And the fruit & mineral qualities pop. Impressive.

Drinking great. The zip vs the texture is perfect right now. Right on the edge of the knife. Could tip either way. And the fruit & mineral qualities pop. Impressive.

Feb 23rd, 2016
Nicole Hakli

Sommelier The NoMad Restaurant

10

Last day at The Nomad treat! Everything you want from a Chenin with age. Smells like dried earth, honeycomb and wax on the nose- palate is lively youthful citrus and mineral.

Last day at The Nomad treat! Everything you want from a Chenin with age. Smells like dried earth, honeycomb and wax on the nose- palate is lively youthful citrus and mineral.

Jan 23rd, 2016
Mark Oldman

what makes a #wine merchant extraordinary? I slip anonymously into chelsea wine vault 2day to buy Vouvray for #Thanksgiving & at checkout they volunteer a taste of this beautifully bracing white(!) #Chinon fr '93

what makes a #wine merchant extraordinary? I slip anonymously into chelsea wine vault 2day to buy Vouvray for #Thanksgiving & at checkout they volunteer a taste of this beautifully bracing white(!) #Chinon fr '93

Nov 25th, 2015
Brash Higgins

Fresh for the age, saline and a little weird- my first Chenin Blanc from Chinon.

Fresh for the age, saline and a little weird- my first Chenin Blanc from Chinon.

Nov 5th, 2015
Chris Hallowell

Northest Manager Terroir Selections

8.9

Tons of acid and fresh flavors, but also some oxidative notes. Impressive energy, but is having a bit of an identity crisis and doesn't have much stuffing. Fun, though.

Tons of acid and fresh flavors, but also some oxidative notes. Impressive energy, but is having a bit of an identity crisis and doesn't have much stuffing. Fun, though.

Sep 28th, 2015