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Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Jean-Maurice Raffault Les Galuches Chinon 2005
Jean-Maurice Raffault Les Galuches Chinon 2005
(search item no. 93862)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $14.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"From alluvial and gravel soils (in this case right along the Loire, whereas most of Chinon's better-known vineyards front on the Vienne) and aged eight months in used barrels, the 2005 Chinon Les Galuches leads with an aromatic melange of ripe plum, beef broth, iodine, and cherry-almond. Juicy, bright, and faintly saline on the palate, and with a satisfying persistence of ripe though faintly tart plum and cherry fruit, it finishes with refinement if not quite the infectious juiciness of Raffault's basic bottling." - Wine Advocate
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About Jean-Maurice Raffault:

Jean-Maurice Raffault's famed Chinon estate is now run by his son Rodolphe. Chinon is located in the central Loire valley, near Tours, and is the northernmost French red wine appellation. The family has been vignerons in Chinon since 1693 and the estate now comprises 40 hectares spread over 6 communes. Raffault harvests his Cabernet Francs as late as possible and vinifies each parcel separately. Fermentation can last up to one month with daily pumping over for maximum extraction of color and flavors. The wines are then aged in Bordeaux barrels in his remarkable 54 degree cellar (caves cut into the limestone slopes) and are bottled without filtration. Raffault is one of the few Chinon producers still using oak barrels to produce stable, tannic wines with impressive structure and intensity of fruit. It's fascinating to taste the ultimate expression of the Cabernet Franc varietal in the range of styles made by this very talented winemaker.

Rodolphe Raffault obtained a post graduate degree in Chemistry in Tours and then studied for the National Diploma in Oenology from the University of Dijon. After taking his degree, Rodolphe spent 2 years in Burgundy as a stagiere, followed by another stage at a Loire Co-op. In 1997, he joined his father Jean-Maurice, at the family domaine in Chinon which had by then grown to 40 hectares. He has been in charge of the vineyards and winemaking since the 2000 vintage. Rodolphe is proud to perpetuate his family's heritage as wine-growers, which began in 1693. He is particularly motivated to continue his late father's innovation of single-site bottling in Chinon, for example with his revival of the historic Clos des Capucins vineyard. Going forward, Rodolphe Raffault is evolving his vineyards in the direction of sustainable and organic viticulture.

Raffault’s Chinons are wonderfully expressive wines which go together with a wide variety of classic French dishes but their natural fruity acidities make them fine matches for Asiatic cuisine, grilled fish, and spicy American foods. For wines with such depth and complexity, they also represent remarkable value.