The J.M. Raffault winery is located in Chinon in the central Loire valley, near Tours. The family has been in Chinon since 1693 and as of 1997 Jean-Maurice Raffault’s famous Chinon estate is now run by his son Rodolphe.
The estate is spread over 55 hectares and over 7 districts within the Controlled Appellation Chinon. For this reason, each “cuvée” corresponds to a particular soil.
Each wine is vinified and aged separately. The maceration period ranges from 15 to 28 days. Rodolphe continues the tradition of aging the Chinons in neutral oak casks that are more than 10 years old. Today, their cellar houses 900 barrels and is the largest in the region. Maturation takes place over 18 months in three huge caves cut into the limestone cliffs, protected from light and at a constant temperature of 56 degrees and 85% humidity. Racking is done from barrel to barrel, in the traditional method, which helps to clarify the wines along with a later fining with egg whites. Wines are left unfiltered, so bottles may throw some sediment with time.