Chinon Wine

Chinon

Chinon is the most important red-wine appellation in the Touraine part of the Loire Valley. Together with Bourgueil, it is the part of the world where Cabernet Franc achieves its best expression. The wines range from bright, fresh, and fruity to serious and long-lived, and they never, ever cost as much as they should. The truly smart wine buyer should seek out the wines of top producers such as Olga Ruffault, Charles Joguet, and Bernard Baudry and cellar them.

A small amount of dry rose is made, as well as some white wine from Chenin Blanc. When made by the region’s top producers, both can be outstanding.

– Description from Kate Statton

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Varietals Produced in Chinon View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Lenoir Grape

    This red-fleshed grape is a popular variety in Texas, where it is sometimes blended with Ruby Cabernet to make red ta...

  • St. Laurent

    St. Laurent: is a grape that is full of prounounced dark fruits such as black berries, sour cherries and prune compli...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

Popular Wineries in Chinon View all

  • Couly-Dutheil

    The famous vineyard of Chinon Established in 1921 by Baptiste Dutheil, then developped by René Co...

  • Domaine Bernard Baudry

    Originating from a family of winemakers in Cravant, Bernard Baudry started his career as a wine c...

  • Château de Vaugaudry

    Dès le XVIème siècle les seigneuries voisines de Vaugaudry et du Plessis-Gerbault appartiennent d...

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

    In 1936, Jacques Chauveau, a Parisian doctor bought the property. At that time a small amount of ...

  • Alain Lorieux

    Touraine is located 200 kms to the south-west of Paris and extends from east to west for over 100...

  • Domaine Wilfrid Rousse

    Installé en 1987 par passion du vin avec un hectare, Wilfrid Rousse exploite aujourd'hui 18 hecta...

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Chinon on Snooth

  • Charles Jouget Chinon Rose 2014

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Cuvee Signee By Romain Parisis Chinon 2011

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    Pretty good for an inexpensive Cab Franc. Light and airy with red cherry, cranberry, a touch of mustiness and a bit of white pepper. The tannins are fairly tight grained and mild, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Every year the group of which I am a member [the London BMW Club] have a ... ... a ... that Chateau and also Chinon,Amboise and Saumur. We rode along a road next to the Loire river which was quite low so I suspect they have not had a lot of rain this year. I made a notes of the wines we were served at dinner in the hotel and on my return to L... Read More

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  • Tonight we met with our Fidelity financial advisor to discuss our 'green ... cot [2010]Vieilles Vignes Chinon Tradition Phillippe Pain Domaine de la Commandierie [2010] It was a lovely trip with lots to see and there was also a lot of motorcycle riding as well&nbs Read More

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  • I returned yesterday from a long weekend break in France where I shared three ... cot [2010]Vieilles Vignes Chinon Tradition Phillippe Pain Domaine de la Commandierie [2010] It was a lovely trip with lots to see and there was also a lot of motorcycle riding as we Read More

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  • Vieilles Vignes Chinon Tradition Phillippe Pain Domaine de la Commandierie 2010

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    We were served this wine at dinner in the hotel on the recent French weekend.Chinon is an AOC created in 1937,although wine production in the areas goes back centuries for mainly red and rose wines made from the cabernet franc grape,known in the area as 'petit breton'[the rare white chinon being made from chenin blanc ] from around the town of t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • "I tried their Burgundy. It tastes nothing like Pinot Noir."Why ... ... in the desert. I bet their Chinon doesn't taste like Cab Franc eithe Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pahrump Valley Winery (Nevada)


  • Bernard Baudry Chinon les Granges 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cuvee Marie Justine Rosé Domaine du Roncee Loire France 2011

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    Light and fruity Cab Franc with plenty of varietal character in its tobacco and tomato leaf nose. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Happy Thanksgiving a day early.   I have always done Pinot, because, ... either domestic Cab Franc or Chinon this year as the red.  Just because I am into that now and want to try it with the dinner.  But currently, I am sipping a Sanford Pinot while I cook the gravy tonight.  It was a labor of love, starting with making a gorgeous stock on Su... Read More

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