Red

1989 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

Cabernet Franc

  • France
  • Loire Valley
  • Touraine
  • Chinon
Drink between 2011 - 2020 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 124

  • SoundinBetween wrote:

    September 15, 2021 - Earth, tobacco, plush red fruits, and an interesting ginger (fresh spice) note which I've never picked up on in Loire Cab Franc before. No lingering tannin, medium bodied with an elegant finish. Very easy to drink, fully mature but seems like this would hold at least a few years before starting any decline. Excellent today, off the list at Bloomsday.

  • NoTrollingerPlease Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 18, 2021 - Online Blind Tasting: Cabernet Franc plus some Pirates: *** tasting note based on 0,1l bottle. Half of the bottle tasted completely blind on day one, other half tasted two days later ***
    Glass: Zalto Universal
    Clear, deep tawny color. Clean, medium intense, developing nose. Some barn, spices, green pepper, lovage. Very deep and quite fresh.
    Dry, high, wonderfully integrated acidity. High, fine tannin. only 12,5% abv. Medium body. On the palate really spicy and a bit mature (15 years probably) and ripe notes. But also very fresh and juicy. Wonderful balance, very elegant. Silky, velvet texture. Very deep and with a lovely grip. Wonderful pressure and tension. Long finish with ripe red fruit and spices. CabFranc at its full peak! Such a surprise to see that it was already 30 years old! I would give it at least another decade, even though it will probably not improve. Wonderful experience! 93-94

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  • William Kelley Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 4, 2021 - Six years since I last tasted it, the 1989 Les Picasses is showing even better, bursting from the glass with a rich bouquet of cherries, berries, smoked meats, cigar ash and loamy soil. Medium to full-bodied, fleshy and enveloping, with ripe tannins, bright girdling acids and a sapid, even carnal finish, it's a lovely old school Chinon in its prime.

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  • IJC Likes this wine:

    January 30, 2021 - Astonishingly fresh, clean, vibrant, sharply defined flavors - unexpected in a bottle 31+ years old. An attack of flavors: tart, pomegranate and red currant; stem that I read as "green," a friend called "feral;" earth notes, all woven together, and exploding out of the bottle, like the opening bars of Beethoven's Fifth.

    Beautifully clear, sediment having solidified along the length of the bottle; the color dark yet transparent, a slight touch of garnet in the meniscus. Drank half the bottle and reserved the balance for round #2. Stay tuned...

    Rated +2 on a scale of -1 to +3.

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  • ccn wrote: 92 points

    October 31, 2020 - Best Olga R. Vintage I’ve had of many. Nicely mature. Lovely intense minerality, acidity. Alcohol on the low side (12.5% on the label). Fresh. Bell pepper and tobacco.

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    3/30/2017 (link)

    (Olga Raffault, Les Picasses Chinon Red) Subscribe to see review text.

View From the Cellar

  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2017, Issue #67, The 2015 Vintage In the Loire Valley (Part Two) and Plenty of Older Chinon Notes

    (Chinon “les Picasses”- Domaine Olga Raffault) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2008, Issue #17, The Loire Valley Addendum

    (Chinon “les Picasses”- Domaine Olga Raffault) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2006, Issue #4, Loire Valley Magic: France’s Greatest Red and White Wine Values

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Rockss and Fruit

  • By Lyle Fass
    8/27/2005 (link)

    (Olga Raffault Chinon "Les Picasses") One of the most legendary bottlings of the Loire Valley and to my palate the '89 is the greatest one ever. Devastatingly funky nose of barnyard, cherry fruit, exotic spices, touch of brett, leather, herbs & huge minerality. Very nuanced and constantly changing. Soft and lush in the mouth with wonderfully fresh fruit and ripe tannins. The fruit is very red and is intermingled with lots of spice. Touch of some unresolved structure in the finish but time will resolve that.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1989
  • Type Red
  • Producer Olga Raffault
  • Varietal Cabernet Franc
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Les Picasses
  • Country France
  • Region Loire Valley
  • SubRegion Touraine
  • Appellation Chinon
  • UPC Code 610373581930

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 23 (4%)
  • In Cellars 248 (38%)
  • Consumed 374 (58%)

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