1989 Olga Raffault Chinon "les Picasses" Red Loire Wine France. 12.5% alcohol. Chambers Street. $43.00. Louis/Dressner Selections, Imported by LDM Wines, Inc. New York, New York.
There are some wines that I love to drink, find so beautiful and delicious that I don't really want to deconstruct my impressions. This is one such wine. 5* in my book.
Here's a note taken from Chris Coad's vast collection of tasting notes that describes what I tasted Friday night, lovely with roasted vegetables and grilled chicken:
Smells warm and lightly piney, dark cran-cassis-toasty fruit underneath. Ripe but rather reserved, there's a lean and lovely composure here. Medium acidity, rather plush for a Raffault Picasses. Supple and expressive, there's good focus, although not the laserlike precision you see in the mid-90s versions. Plenty of lauhala pith here, it's a velvety pool of tobacco leaf-laced cranberry-cassis fruit. Lovely and precise, there's an amiable fleshiness as well. Lovely stuff, a Chinon that Kane approves of, oddly, as it has a piney streak and isn't really in the mold of the more assertive Bretons that are usually the only Chinons to light his fire. (2/26/05)
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