Olga Raffault

Les Barnabés Chinon Cabernet Franc

8.9178 ratings
8.830 pro ratings
Chinon, Touraine, Loire Valley, France
Cabernet Franc
Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Potato, White Rice, Herbs, Tomato-Based, Pasta, Mushrooms, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Lamb, Turkey, Pork, Duck, Venison
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Nose full of purple flowers and licorice. Cool black fruit, lots of black pepper and graphite throughout. Good structure and balance, streaky tannins, and an intensity on the finish. Aged only in stainless steel. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)

Nose full of purple flowers and licorice. Cool black fruit, lots of black pepper and graphite throughout. Good structure and balance, streaky tannins, and an intensity on the finish. Aged only in stainless steel. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)

Jul 16th, 2020
Andrew Lohse

Dark fruit, black raspberry. Salinity. Underbrush. Med+ body and good proportions

Dark fruit, black raspberry. Salinity. Underbrush. Med+ body and good proportions

Jan 9th, 2018
Caleb Schiff

A delicious $12.

A delicious $12.

Nov 3rd, 2017
Chris Harvey

Light bodied and subtle tannins. Some graphite and pepper. Tart cherry

Light bodied and subtle tannins. Some graphite and pepper. Tart cherry

Aug 23rd, 2017
Carl Fischer

Renegade Wine dinner series at Rebelle NYC presented by sommelier Patrick Cappiello. Focus was on Cab Franc: 15 wines paired with 5 courses. Posting a few favorites.

This was WOTN for me. First thing I noticed - and could hardly believe - was how bright red the wine still was being 38 years old. There was some funk on the nose but a ton of fruit as well. The fruit stood out on the palate - and the wine had a brightness to it I couldn't believe. Flavors of raspberries and gravel and still had a great acidity. The somm did note that there is a lot of bottle variation. He opened the same vintage recently and it was all mushrooms and little fruit - so he felt his bottle was a little atypical. But that worked for me. Paired well with Comte.

Renegade Wine dinner series at Rebelle NYC presented by sommelier Patrick Cappiello. Focus was on Cab Franc: 15 wines paired with 5 courses. Posting a few favorites.

This was WOTN for me. First thing I noticed - and could hardly believe - was how bright red the wine still was being 38 years old. There was some funk on the nose but a ton of fruit as well. The fruit stood out on the palate - and the wine had a brightness to it I couldn't believe. Flavors of raspberries and gravel and still had a great acidity. The somm did note that there is a lot of bottle variation. He opened the same vintage recently and it was all mushrooms and little fruit - so he felt his bottle was a little atypical. But that worked for me. Paired well with Comte.

Aug 16th, 2017
Josh Malin

Bland warm and cold. Meh for 25. Older one so so much better

Bland warm and cold. Meh for 25. Older one so so much better

3 people found it helpfulMay 15th, 2013
Anya Spethmann

Really fresh for its age, with earthy and leafy nicely integrated.

Really fresh for its age, with earthy and leafy nicely integrated.

1 person found it helpfulMar 12th, 2018
Jae Cho

Farmhouse funk followed by tart pomegranate. Polished

Farmhouse funk followed by tart pomegranate. Polished

1 person found it helpfulJan 29th, 2018
Vinny Eng

Raffault, stinky in all the right ways.

Raffault, stinky in all the right ways.

1 person found it helpfulMar 30th, 2015
Brad Hemmer

Deep, smoky, baking spice, nutmeg, funky in a good way! Good acidity.

Deep, smoky, baking spice, nutmeg, funky in a good way! Good acidity.

1 person found it helpfulJul 30th, 2014