Olga Raffault

Les Picasses Chinon Cabernet Franc

9.0159 ratings
9.146 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
Top Notes For
Vincent Seufert

My Labor Day wine. Sad to see summer come to an end but alway looking forward to fall, which this wine is perfect for.

My Labor Day wine. Sad to see summer come to an end but alway looking forward to fall, which this wine is perfect for.

Sep 5th, 2017
J D
9.2

Charming, textbook mature Chinon with freshly ground black pepper and barely ripe raspberry. With air, a more exotic spice profile unfurls alongside earthy and floral flourishes. Fresh and lively in the mouth, with lightly gripping tannins promising another decade of aging potential. A compact wine, but complex, and complete from nose to finish. Imported by Louis Dressner, this vintage was purchased recently at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.

Charming, textbook mature Chinon with freshly ground black pepper and barely ripe raspberry. With air, a more exotic spice profile unfurls alongside earthy and floral flourishes. Fresh and lively in the mouth, with lightly gripping tannins promising another decade of aging potential. A compact wine, but complex, and complete from nose to finish. Imported by Louis Dressner, this vintage was purchased recently at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.

Aug 12th, 2017
Beau Carson

I can see the quality here and am going to rate it as such, but I couldn't get past the nose which was a combination of deer piss and manure. The taste made up for the smell, but gawd dayum that nose.

I can see the quality here and am going to rate it as such, but I couldn't get past the nose which was a combination of deer piss and manure. The taste made up for the smell, but gawd dayum that nose.

Mar 20th, 2017
Matt Lasater

Always fun to check in on these. Tobacco leaf, forest floor, button mushroom, manure, smoke, bramble, chalk, pencil lead. So much freshness. Super fine tannin. A touch more linear than I remember.

Always fun to check in on these. Tobacco leaf, forest floor, button mushroom, manure, smoke, bramble, chalk, pencil lead. So much freshness. Super fine tannin. A touch more linear than I remember.

Jan 7th, 2017
Perry Riddle

Raffault at 10 years. Heaven. Beautiful autumn wine.

Raffault at 10 years. Heaven. Beautiful autumn wine.

Oct 8th, 2016
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

9.0

9 years seems to be just the right amount of time for a Chinon to hit its stride. The greenness has eased up and the savory fruit came out, along with black olive, raspberry and graphite.

9 years seems to be just the right amount of time for a Chinon to hit its stride. The greenness has eased up and the savory fruit came out, along with black olive, raspberry and graphite.

Jul 14th, 2016
Christopher Stadler

A bit tight but opened up after a while. Still needs lots of time. Built for the long haul

A bit tight but opened up after a while. Still needs lots of time. Built for the long haul

Jun 10th, 2016
Gerald Montoya

In a very savory place. Green pepper, black pepper, ash and stones. Not a whole lot of fruit at the moment except maybe a touch of underripe raspberry.

In a very savory place. Green pepper, black pepper, ash and stones. Not a whole lot of fruit at the moment except maybe a touch of underripe raspberry.

Mar 30th, 2016
Austin Hohnke

Classic and youthful. Quite aromatic with just a hint of bell pepper. Lots of blonde rainier cherry with subtle pencil shavings, dusty earth, and cayenne. Lots of years ahead of this one.

Classic and youthful. Quite aromatic with just a hint of bell pepper. Lots of blonde rainier cherry with subtle pencil shavings, dusty earth, and cayenne. Lots of years ahead of this one.

Mar 7th, 2016
Justin Gilman CSW, CSS

Love this #Chinon. Ready to drink now!

Light color and beginning to brick. Watery hue. The nose is very green pepper upon opening and blows off to a stemmy, wet leaf. Lots of pink rose aromas and potpourri.

Flavor has lots of Ranier cherry. Fine and clean. Watery consistency. The acid is diminishing and tannins are falling off. The finish leaves a sense of roses. Opened 1/15/16

Love this #Chinon. Ready to drink now!

Light color and beginning to brick. Watery hue. The nose is very green pepper upon opening and blows off to a stemmy, wet leaf. Lots of pink rose aromas and potpourri.

Flavor has lots of Ranier cherry. Fine and clean. Watery consistency. The acid is diminishing and tannins are falling off. The finish leaves a sense of roses. Opened 1/15/16

Jan 16th, 2016