Jean-Maurice Raffault was one of the great personalities of Chinon. Upon taking over the family Domaine in 1973, he revolutionized local practices and put new ones in place that were widely emulated in the region. Beginning with only the 4.5 hectares he inherited from his father Maurice, Jean-Maurice purchased and planted some of the finest known sites of Chinon.
Rodolphe Raffault succeeded his father as winemaker and manager in 1997. Drawing on his experience in Burgundy, Rodolphe initiated the practice, for his top cuvées, of carrying out the wine’s malolactic fermentation in 100% new barrels. This practice, rare in Chinon, results in dramatically expressive and pure wines.
The Clos d’Isore is aged for 18 months in 1-5 year old barrels on its fine lees and malolactic fermentation takes place in cask.
Clos de l’hospice is one of Chinon’s greatest sites with a long history. Once owned by Rabelais’ descendants, the Clos was highly prized in times past and was regularly mentioned in historical documents. It belonged to the convent of Calvarian and Augustinian nuns from the 17th century. In early 2008, the Clos de l’Hospice, was replanted by Rodolphe Raffault. This extraordinary, one-hectare vineyard is a steeply sloped natural amphitheatre.
It faces South, overlooking the Vienne River, opposite the Chateau de Chinon. Clos de l’hospice is a rich, complex, intense with beautiful rich dark fruit.
Domaine Raffault has converted to organic since the 2019 vintage.