Chinon "Les Barnabés," Olga Raffault
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Chinon "Les Barnabés," Olga Raffault - 2020

Item # 31962 750mL

Les Barnabés is a single vineyard parcel held by Olga Raffault. The Cabernet Franc vines are grown on sandy-gravelly soils with less limestone than Les Picasses. This wine spent less time in foudre before release; it makes a very pretty and elegant Chinon, approachable in youth, but eminently ageable.

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

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Staff Pick Notes

Domaine Olga Raffault is world-renowned for mastering Cabernet Franc and making classic Chinon wine. This is a lighter style Cabernet Franc coming from a sandy and gravelly site called "Les Barnabes." It is meant to be drunk while young, as the wine does less aging before bottling than other main sites, "Les Picasses" or "Les Peuilles." Easy and pleasant, freshness is key to this wine. Red berries mixed with violets are among the first notes you get. The smooth tannins make it an elegant wine. A fine wine to enjoy anytime, anywhere.

- MB



There’s a lot to remember when it comes to the Loire. Novices, take note: Cabernet Franc is a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscadet is unparalleled as a companion to shellfish, and Cour Cheverny is the best white wine appellation you’ve never heard of. As diverse as Loire wines are, one day soon you'll know your Melon de Bourgogne from your Romorantin.

Cabernet Franc

Relegated to moderate obscurity in modern times, Cabernet Franc is in fact the proud parent of the attention-hogging Cabernet Sauvignon (after an illicit affair with Sauvignon Blanc a hundred-odd years ago). Cabernet Franc has remained close to its roots in France, enjoying small pockets of popularity primarily in the Loire Valley (specifically in Chinon), where it is often bottled as a varietal wine, and in Bordeaux where it is still used in moderate percentages in the typical blends. In fact,...

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