Chinon: Domaine Jean-Maurice Raffault Rosé 2021
Rudolphe Raffault's Chinon Rosé is an outstanding expression of Cabernet Franc. With a limpid coral-pink robe, an inviting summer berry bouquet and racy redcurrant and raspberry palate preceding the freshest of finishes it is the quintessential al fresco aperitif.
A crisp, dry Cabernet Franc rosé with a hint of raspberries that will make a splendid Spring to Summer sundowner. Rudolphe Raffault makes this cracking rosé, as well as a wide range of red and whte Chinon wines, from 50 hectares of vines.
|Style||Rose Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Loire, Chinon|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Cabernet Franc|
|Food & Wine Matching||Salads, Seafood, Thai Food, White Fish|
|Cellarage||Drink 2022 to 2024.|
|Vinification||This rosé is produced by 2/3 pressed grapes, 1/3 juice run-off during maceration (saignée method), which is then fermented at low temperatures with native yeasts.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13|
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 50 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 Domaine's 10 hectare holding of Cabernet Franc 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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