Not knowing exactly what this Loire Valley red was made of, Jean-Maurice Raffault’s Chinon, from the Savigny-en-Véron village, “Clos de Capucins” label, generated quite the argument here at Drinkhacker HQ. Guesses ranged from Syrah to Cabernet Sauvignon. Had we known more about the Chinon AOC, we would’ve known it was all Cabernet Franc. Who would’ve guessed?
Lush and surprisingly tart, this wine is huge with cherry and ripe plum character, then ends on an herbal finish. Not overly tannic and harsh like so many Cab Francs, it is rather smooth and quite soft, an easy-drinking wine that is perfect on its own but can also stand up to bigger meals.
Great price, too.
A- / $26