1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"

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1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"

#1 Post by Kelly Flynn » July 19th, 2019, 2:05 pm

I have been fortunate enough to have had several bottles of this one over the years, and I have always enjoyed them. Last night's version, though, at a favorite local restaurant -- my last one (sniff) -- took it to an entirely new level.

Don't get me wrong. I am generally a fan of the funk, barnyard, rusticity and -- yes -- even herbaceousness of Loire cab franc. But one smell of the Raffault last night, poured into a generous burgundy glass with vigorous swirling, brought me back to a 1990 Cheval Blanc that a very generous friend brought to Craft about five years ago. The perfume was absolutely intoxicating -- rasberry and meat and spice. The kind of nose where one doesn't even want to drink it. But in the mouth the magic continues with a silky soft texture and just the right amount of acid holding it together nicely. The wine was certainly not too young, but neither did it taste old. In a perfect place IMHO.

Seriously, one of my favorite wines ever. I will be on the lookout for more. 97

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#2 Post by Dennis Atick » July 19th, 2019, 2:17 pm

Wow. Like you, have had a good run with a handful of these over the years and have really enjoyed them. This one, however, sounds outrageous! Wish I had more. Well done
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#3 Post by John Morris » July 19th, 2019, 2:28 pm

Had a bottle of the '89 a couple of weeks ago that also lived up to its reputation. Amazingly young, still.
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#4 Post by Steve Brickley » July 19th, 2019, 8:16 pm

Wonderful note Kelly especially with my three laying flat. I so enjoyed Picasses and a few others that early on I just bought a variety of years of it and have accumulated ten vintages going back to 1977. The beauty is I am in no rush to drink these as they have such longevity.
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#5 Post by David Glasser » October 31st, 2019, 5:38 pm

WB enablement (lookin' at you Alfert) prompted purchase of a six-pack of this wine. Popped my first one this evening.
  • 1990 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon (10/31/2019)
    Secondary market purchase in 2019. Black mold on top 1/4 of cork but lower 3/4 pristine, fill into neck. Medium ruby core, bricking at rim. Expressive nose of red fruits, leather, moist earth, tea, touch of funk but no bandaid or barnyard. If this has Brett it’s been well-stored and showing only hints of the good leathery version. Medium body, palate follows the nose, some aged complexity, good balance, still some furry tannins on the finish. I’d expect this to hold another 5 years at least if well stored. Excellent.

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#6 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » October 31st, 2019, 5:42 pm

Haha, wonderful note. And funny, I almost pulled this wine tonight but went with a 1995 Sociando JG. My son is home for fall break. He grabbed some 20+ ounce bone-in ribeyes and grilled for us. I needed Cab!

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#7 Post by Scott Tallman » October 31st, 2019, 6:38 pm

Sadly drank my last bottle recently. Wonderful wine!
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#8 Post by AlexS » October 31st, 2019, 6:40 pm

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#9 Post by Julian Marshall » November 1st, 2019, 1:05 am

Great stuff, Kelly - lucky you! I've only tasted this once, a long time ago - it was my first and still my best experience of Chinon. It's impossible to find over here.

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#10 Post by Kelly Flynn » November 1st, 2019, 3:06 am

Thanks, Julian. Great news — recently scored two more from Chambers St. At about $70 per, an absurd bargain IMHO.

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#11 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » November 1st, 2019, 4:38 am

Kelly Flynn wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 3:06 am
Thanks, Julian. Great news — recently scored two more from Chambers St. At about $70 per, an absurd bargain IMHO.
Ha, you beat me out. And I reached out to them pretty quickly on that recent of that email. The 89s were gone lickety-split.

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#12 Post by Julian Marshall » November 1st, 2019, 5:54 am

It's weird how Raffault favours the US market. Totally unfair!! There are never library releases over here!

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#13 Post by Kelly Flynn » November 1st, 2019, 8:24 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 4:38 am
Kelly Flynn wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 3:06 am
Thanks, Julian. Great news — recently scored two more from Chambers St. At about $70 per, an absurd bargain IMHO.
Ha, you beat me out. And I reached out to them pretty quickly on that recent of that email. The 89s were gone lickety-split.
Yes, I noticed. Though 89 is more heralded, 90 has been consistently better in my experience.

Nonetheless, I was hoping for some 89 to conduct another experiment...

Trade you one for a 95 JG (even harder to procure)? I was mighty jealous reading your recent review.

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#14 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » November 1st, 2019, 9:40 am

Thanks, Kelly! I’m gonna hold on to those JG 95s. Only have two left. That was the first year this so-called cuvée was made.

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#15 Post by David Glasser » November 1st, 2019, 3:52 pm

Finishing the 90 Picasses tonight. Even better than last night. Amazing for a wine pushing 30 years old.

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#16 Post by Jason T » November 3rd, 2019, 1:13 am

Julian Marshall wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 5:54 am
It's weird how Raffault favours the US market. Totally unfair!! There are never library releases over here!
I can’t even find current vintage Raffault in London.
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#17 Post by Jayson Cohen » November 3rd, 2019, 6:39 am

There’s a long history now of availability in and cellar releases to NYC, which makes us a bit spoiled.

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#18 Post by Julian Marshall » November 3rd, 2019, 7:43 am

Normally it's the other way round, so no complaints, but it is quite ironic! Even more recent vintages appear later on their site than elsewhere - the most recent available is the 2014. It's certainly weird that London should be ignored too!

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#19 Post by David Glasser » November 8th, 2019, 4:49 pm

Couldn't resist opening another one of these tonight. Like Kelly's bottle, this was on a higher plane. More mature complexity that was just irresistible. What a great bottle.

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