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October 29, 2013

Bodega Raffy

Raffy

Bodega Raffy was founded in 2007 by Jean-Louis Raffy, a university professor with a passion for wine, who fell in love with a high quality wine producing area in Tupungato, Uco Valley, Medonza. The vineyards of Bodega Raffy are located at 1250m (4000ft) above sea-level, benefiting from high sunlight intensity during the day; increasing grape colour and maturity and cooling winds during the night; preserving natural acidity and freshness of aromas. The higher the altitude, the higher the ultraviolet radiation, this helps to stimulate and create richer tannins, while the inclination of the slopes improves drainage. The terroir is a wonderful combination of stony, sandy and calcareous soil, which was formed during the Quaternary era by alluvial erosions of the Andes. They make three great wines, detailed below:

Grande Réserve 2010, 6×75 – £138, (17.5/20 JR)

Their Grande Réserve is harvested 100% manually, from 60 year old ungrafted vines at very low yields of 29 hectoliters/hectare; aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak.

JancisRobinson.com: 17.5/20 ( Outstanding)
 UK / US  Wine Enthusiast: 90/100   
Independent Wine Review: 94/100 “Best    Wine    in    Argentina”  in 2012)  
Gold  Medal - Argentina Wine Awards  2013   

Réserve 2011, 6×75 – £83, (17/20 JR)

The Réserve is aged for 12 months in 100% French oak, (18% new oak) and harvested from 50 year old ungrafted vines again with small yields of 39 hectoliters/hectare.

JancisRobinson.com: 17/20 (= Outstanding)
Independent Wine Review: 91/100 (= Outstanding)
Independent Wine Review: 91/100 (= Outstanding)
DECANTER, World Wine Awards Decanter 2012 “Best Malbec over £10 in Argentina” 
Gold Medal: San Francisco  International Wine Competition,Sélectio Mondiale des Vins,Canada, Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, Belgium, Shenzhen International Competition, Vinus  International Competition China

Terroir 2011, 6×75 – £53, (16.5/20 JR)

Their third wine named Terroir, again made from old ungrafted vines and aged for nine months in 100% French oak barrels (second use), displays the flavour profiles of the Réserve and Grande Réserve but stylistically made to be drunk younger. It scored 16.5/20 from Jancis Robinson and will provide pleasure now, but will improve for 4-5 years.

JancisRobinson.com: 16.5 /20 (= Outstanding)    
Gold  Medal - Vinus 2011, Vinandino 2011, Malbec al Mundo 2010    

Bodega Raffy employs the world famous Marcelo Pelleriti as their winemaker, who received 100 points from Robert Parker for his Chateau La Violette 2010 and 99 points for his Chateau Le Gay 2010. Their son Guillaume Raffy, previously an investment banker with Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank left his career to become the Managing Director of Bodega Raffy, promoting their wines worldwide. The result of this ambition has been repaid; Bodega Raffy has climbed to stardom in only a couple of years since its inception.

The philosophy, winemaking and old vines comes together to create:  three wines displaying a dense colour of elderberry juice,  with intense fruit, beautifully sweet tannin with a wonderful nose of violets, spice, mocha, dense blackcurrants, raspberries, blueberries, damson, dark cherries, plum and lovely minerality. The finish is velvety, balanced and smooth: With age they will develop such flavours as leather, chocolate and espresso coffee.

Guillaume is a good friend of ours and as a result we are able to offer this wine to our members, usually only served in the best restaurants and steakhouses around the world, such a Nobu and Cipriani in Miami, Gaucho restaurants in the UK and Catch in New York City. Selling direct allows us to offer very competitive prices on these wines. You will only find these premium Malbecs in a few select places in the UK.

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