The Domaine Olga Raffault , now being run by the late Olga Raffault’s granddaughter Sylvie and her husband Eric de la Vigerie, is one of the most legendary addresses in the entire Loire Valley. The domaine is comprised of a number of terrific terroirs but the greatest of these is Les Picasses; 50+ year old vines on a steep limestone/clay slope above the river Vienne. This is one of the longest lived Cabernet Francs from the Loire and it’s not unusual to see verticals of this wine going back decades on some of the best wine lists in France.
Winemaking is very traditional here starting with hand picked fruit from sustainably farmed vines and fermentation in stainless steel. Aging takes place in large, neutral barrels of oak and chestnut for 2 to 3 years depending on the vintage. This extended barrel age helps mellow the typically formidable tannins this site is known for. The Picasses is generally released 4 years after the vintage but the domaine holds back wine from great vintages for later release as well.