There’s a lot of white and rosé (both still and sparkling) wine talk around here, but oh my did I just drink one of the best red wines I’ve had in years. A kind of “WOW WOW WOW” wine that had me blathering on, “I can’t believe how good it is!”
Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses 2007
You know how much I love France’s Loire Valley. And the Cabernet Francs that come from this region. Chinon is a part of the Loire well-known for these red wines. I had the Olga Raffault, a winery whose Chinons seem to flood my Instagram and Delectable feeds, at Hearth in New York’s East Village. It was $68 on the list. An insane bargain! A quick spin on WineSearcher shows the 2007 retailing for around $26, which is gonzo-crazy.
For an 8-year-old wine, the Raffault was extremely youthful. Very fresh. And quite rich, too. But not hefty. Wonderful savory elements compelled me to an ongoing astonishment each time the glass was picked up and put down. I secretly worried something “meh” about this Chinon would materialize (R-E-L-A-X, dude) but it never did.
The Raffault told me, “I am perfect and I will continue to be so until I am gone.”
And it was.
More Loire Cab Franc: Drunken Nights: The Wine