Chinon Blanc "Champ-Chenin", Olga Raffault
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Organic

Chinon Blanc "Champ-Chenin", Olga Raffault - 2016

Item # 38178 750mL
$49.96/ Single Bottle
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Certified Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard. Certified in the country of origin.


Tasting Notes

Now run by Olga's granddaughter, Sylvie, and her husband Eric de la Vigerie. This Chenin Blanc is made in miniscule quantities. Whole clusters are pressed and the jucie is kept on the lees before bottling. A rare and special wine from this venerable domaine.


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Staff Pick Notes

If you're a fan of Loire wines, Olga Raffault needs no introduction.The winery is famous for its reds (Les Picasses is one of the all-time great Loire wines).Their whites, however, are much less known. Probably because of their minuscule amounts. Out of 24 hectares of vines, only 1 is planted with Chenin. But what a site 50-year-old vines on limestone-rich soil just west of Les Picasses. Olga's granddaughter, Sylvie, and her husband Eric are at the helm these days, but are continuing the tradition of organic farming and minimalist intervention. The grapes are hand harvested, gently whole-cluster-pressed, fermented with native yeasts and aged on the lees. You'll find beautiful aromas of ripe pear and apple, while on the palate citrus notes & wet stones come to the fore. It's a wine that can age, but drink now with cheese or roast pork.

- ALM

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Chenin Blanc

A versatile grape that is grown worldwide, but is most commonly associated with the Loire, California, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand. It produces just about any type of wine you can think of: ageworthy dessert wines; delicious, honeyed dry whites; sparklers; and even bases for fortified wines and spirits. These days, one of the most exciting stories is in South Africa, where newly...

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