Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault
Chinon Rouge, 2020

Rodolphe Raffault succeeded his father Jean-Maurice as winemaker and manager of their 14-generation family estate in 1997, after completing his studies at the Dijon University school of oenology. Today, Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault owns 50 hectares of vines in 7 communes and produces white, rose and red Chinon wines. Their Cabernet Franc vines average 35 years of age, of which 10 hectares across the sites are 50 years of age. The domaine practices sustainable viticulture. The soils are either plowed or planted with grass. No chemical fertilizers or herbicides are used.

Grape

100% Cabernet Franc

Vineyard & Vinification Note

Vineyard data: 10 hectares near the Vienne river, in the communes of Avoine and Savigny en Veron.

Age of vines: 25 years average

Exposure: On a plain

Soil Type: Alluvial Sand and gravel

Production: 7500 cases

Viticulture: Sustainable

Harvest: Late September/Early October

Vinification and Ageing:

100% de-stemming. Spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts. 2 week maceration period with daily pumping over of the liquid over the cap of grape skins for the first 7 days of the vatting period, diminished to once every 2 days towards the end, to obtain a supple texture. Ageing on the lees in stainless steel tanks until bottling in the early Spring.

Tasting Note

The fruit for Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault’s Chinon Rouge comes from vineyards on sandy, alluvial soil near the Vienne River. This origin gives a supple, fruity Chinon that is perfect for early drinking. The expressive bouquet of dark berries and violets is followed by supple dark berry/cherry fruit note. The wine’s fresh and bright flavours are best appreciated slightly chilled.

Food Pairing

Beautiful slightly chilled as a summer aperitif and partners well with fish and roasted meat. Also perfect with many vegetarian dishes: risottos, little stuffed tomatoes. Great with goats cheese