Sommeliers and connoisseurs place the wines of Domaine Olga Raffault at or near the top of the list of the world’s best Cabernet Franc. Olga Raffault passed away many years ago but the family’s winegrowing legacy continues with her granddaughter Sylvie and her husband Eric de la Vigerie. Sylvie and Eric stay true to the traditional style and classic approach that has drawn generations of sommeliers and collectors to the family’s wines. There is nothing modern or trendy here – this is ‘old-school’ all the way. Domain Raffault does everything at a slow, even pace and often releases its wines three, four or even ten years later than other producers. We applaud this patient, deliberate approach and the timeless wines it produces.
The estate covers 24 hectares of vineyards: 23 hectares are planted with Cabernet Franc and one hectare with Chinon Blanc in Chenin. This wine is made from younger, organic vines on the flat, sandy, alluvial plain along the Vienne and Loire Rivers. All vineyard work is by hand and no herbicides or pesticides are used.
Whole clusters were harvested by hand but not crushed. Fermentation was with indigenous yeasts in tank. The wine was aged on its lees in stainless steel tanks for six months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulphites added.
One of the smallest appellations, located in southwest France near Clairvaux in Aveyron, this region is steeped with winemaking tradition, lending its’ roots to the Abbaye at Conques, whose monks first planted vineyards in the area during the 10th century.