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Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Clos de l’Hospice, 2015

ABV: 13.00%
Region: Loire
Country: France
Producer: Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault

Clos de l’Hospice is an extraordinary one-hectare vineyard and one of Chinon’s greatest sites.

“A beautiful beam of cassis and plum fruit glides through, inlaid with a seamless chalky spine and backed by alluring bergamot, violet and white pepper notes. The sleek, pure finish is very long. Drink now through 2027. 40 cases imported.” 93 Points, Wine Spectator, James Molesworth, September 2017

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Description

Jean-Maurice Raffault was one of Chinon’s great personalities. Upon taking over the family Domaine in 1973, he revolutionised local practices and established new practices 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 this top cuvées, of carrying out the wine’s malolactic fermentation in 100% new barrels.  This practice, rare in Chinon, produces dramatically expressive and pure wines

Grape

100% Cabernet Franc

Clos de L’Hospice:

Once the property of Rabelais’ descendants, the Clos de l’Hospice holds a rich historical legacy. It was a coveted asset, frequently referenced in historical records. From the 17th century to the French Revolution, it was under the ownership of the convent of Calvarian and Augustinian nuns. The vineyard served as a vital source of income for their hospital, hence its name: The Clos de l’Hospice.

Preferring to tending to their vegetables, in 1876, the sisters allowed local vignerons to maintain the vineyard. This arrangement continued until the vineyards were devastated during the Phylloxera epidemic.

Despite a series of transformations, the Clos de l’Hospice remained dormant until 2008. Surprisingly, until the 1980s, the land was used as a garden by hospital patients. The hospital relocated in 1989, selling the land and paving the way for the Clos de l’Hospice to reclaim its vineyard status. In 2008, Rodolphe Raffaut, in collaboration with the town of Chinon and an investment group, breathed new life into the site. The investment group had undertaken the renovation of the Chateau – a national historical monument – and the construction of new residences at the former convent site.

Vineyard & Vinification Note

In early 2008, the Clos de l’Hospice, one of Chinon’s greatest sites, 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.

Raffault planted 0.65 hectares in the Clos with pre-WWII selection massale Cabernet France vines to attain a vineyard as close as possible to the original. He will plant the remaining section in 2014.

Viticulture: Sustainable

Soil: Turonian clay-limestone and sandstone.

Winemaking: The grapes are harvested by hand and given a long, one-month maceration period followed by frequent remontages. The wine is aged in new or one-year-old litre barrels for 12 months. After the malolactic fermentation in the cask is finished, no sulphites are added. It remains protected under the natural CO2 produced by malolactic fermentation. Before assemblage, the CO2 is replaced with inert gas to present any oxidisation.

Tasting Note

A beautiful beam of cassis and plum fruit glides through, inlaid with a seamless chalky spine and backed by alluring bergamot, violet and white pepper notes. The sleek, pure finish is very long. Drink now through 2027. Forty cases imported. 93 Points, James Molesworth, September 2017

Wine Spectator Tasting Note

A beautiful beam of cassis and plum fruit glides through, inlaid with a seamless chalky spine and backed by alluring bergamot, violet and white pepper notes. The sleek, pure finish is very long. Drink now through 2027. 40 cases imported. 93 Points, James Molesworth, September 2017

Wine Advocate

The 2015 Chinon Clos de l’Hospice has a deep, ripe, elegant and fleshy bouquet of dark fruits and raw meat. Generous, rich and smoothly textured on the palate, this is an elegant and fine but round, intense and charming Chinon with warm fruit and fine and juicy tannins. The finish is stimulatingly fresh and even a bit salty. This is a very interesting red from a very warm spot in Chinon. Tasted in May 2018. 92 Points, Stephan Reinhardt, August 2021

Food Pairing

This Chinon will pair well with roast pork, poultry or beef. A great partner to a beef bourguignon. Also excellent with mature cheeses. Great with many vegetarian dishes such as lentils, bean casserole, and roasted red peppers

Additional information

Weight 750 oz
Region

Loire

Producer

Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault

Colour

Red

Country

France

Grape

Cabernet Franc

Sub Region

Chinon

Vintage

2015

Volume

750ml

ABV%

13.00%

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