2015 Jean Maurice Raffault Chinon Les PicassesCabernet Franc from France
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The Les Picasses is situated on a plateau at the summit of the hills overlooking the Vienne. The site is the highest point between the Vienne and Loire Rivers and is very well ...
- 91 Wine Spectator
91 Wine Spectator
A taut, chalky style, with a tight beam of red currant and bitter cherry fruit flanked by a frank minerality. Thyme and savory accents percolate on the energetic finish. Best from 2018 through 2023. 140 cases imported. –JM
The Les Picasses is situated on a plateau at the summit of the hills overlooking the Vienne. The site is the highest point between the Vienne and Loire Rivers and is very well exposed. It was home to many windmills in the 19th century. Vines were already planted here in the 15th century. The name Picasses derives from a vineyard tool with two points (pics) used to work on vines planted on stony soil. The soil in the Picasses vineyard is a blend of limestone and clay with small stones, which gives the wine its intensity and structure. J-M Raffault owns 6 hectares of Les Picasses, spread over ten parcels of vines between 15-60 years of age. The Les Picasses is aged in 3 to 10 year-old barriques for 18 months on its fine lees and malolactic fermentation take place in cask. It is a wine of great intensity of flavor (minerally-tinged black cherry and kirsch) and can be aged for many years.