Les Picasses is a 6-hectare vineyard of clay and chalk located at the highest point between the Vienne and Loire Rivers. The vineyard is known for producing full-bodied, expressive, long-aging wines.
Currently run by son Rodolphe, Jean-Maurice Raffault's estate has been family-owned since 1693 and now comprises 40 hectares spread over 6 communes. Using the ripest fruit possible, Rodolphe goes to great lengths to produce the best possible wine from his Cabernet Franc grapes. He vinifies each parcel separately and fermentation lasts up to one month for maximum extraction of color and flavors. The wines are aged in Bordeaux casks in a 54-degree, hand-dug cellar and then bottled without filtration. The end result is tannic, ripe and concentrated wine with great aging potential.