Chinon: Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault Blanc 2022
Only 2% of Chinon wines are white, so we would commend you to try such a rarity! Domaine Raffault's Chenin blanc is just the ticket so we shall eke out our allocation sparingly.
With subtle wild flower and green apple scents this Chinon wine is an Old World Chenin Blanc, with a crisp dry un-oaked palate of white orchard fruit underscored by a zesty acidity and mineral notes.
Rodolphe Raffault is a 15th generation winemaker whose ancestors first worked the vineyards of Chinon in the 17th century. Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault covers 44 hectares across 7 communes which are farmed without chemical fertilizers or herbicides. The Chenin blanc vines which average 20 years in age are planted in the commune of Ligré on chalky limestone clay soils.
|Style||White Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Loire, Chinon|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Chenin Blanc|
|Food & Wine Matching||Salads, Seafood, Thai Food, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink up to four years from vintage.|
|Vinification||Fermented at low temperatures with native yeasts.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault (Rodolphe Raffault)
Rodolphe Raffault is a 15th generation winemaker, whose ancestors first worked the vineyards of Chinon in the 17th century. Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault covers 44 hectares across 7 communes which are farmed without chemical fertilizers or herbicides and made with minimal added sulphur. They began their 4-year conversion to organic from the 2016 vintage. The 10 hectare parcel of Cabernet Franc that is used to produce their rosé ripens early and is among the first Chinon wines to be picked. Susceptible to late frosts in April, the Domaine has a number of anti-frost fans in place to keep cold air moving and prevent the vines from freezing.
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