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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  • Lenoir Grape

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

  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Sémillon

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

  • St. Laurent

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

Popular Wineries in Chinon View all

  • Domaine Bernard Baudry

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

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault

    In order to ensure the best conditions for matured wine, 3 local stone cellars allow us to store ...

  • Domaine Wilfrid Rousse

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

  • Domaine Daniel Chauveau

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

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • Charles Joguet

    Since it was founded by Charles Joguet in 1957, the domain has been seeking to highlight as best ...

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Chinon on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


  • `Wines should be nimble and refreshing, energizing rather than fatiguing and ... (other than the Bourgeuil or Chinon) but the fact of the matter is that it almost doesn't matter what you serve.Why?Well, say you have some turkey - wild or supermarket? And are you eating it plain? Maybe you can pair that piece of meat with some wine and in fact,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • Okay, I'm providing wine for my family (or I hope so, or I won't have ... franc from the Loire.  Chinon, Bourgeuil, or St. Nicholas de Bourgeuil are often very reasonable, they go well with the gamier aspects of the dark meat and many sides, nice cleansing acidity... and very good examples can be had for about $15 if you live anywhere near NYC... Read More

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  • I am currently drinking a bottle of Chateau Moncontour 'La Belle ... that ... that I bought from a shop in Chinon when I went there back in May.I have written up a review for it&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I have just finished a bottle of Domaine Eric Herault 2010 Vieilles Vignes Chinon that I bought from a shop in Chinon  when I was there back in May.Lovely stuff and it went well with the roast chicken Read More

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  • Domaine Eric Herault Vieilles Vignes Chinon 2010

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine for 8 euros from a shop in Chinon back in May when I visited that area. Chinon is an AOC created in 1937,although wine production in the area 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 ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I had a pork chop last night and started a bottle of  Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon by Chateau du Coudray Montpensier that I bought back in May when I visited the town and castle of Chinon. I thought it a lovely bottle Read More

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  • Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon 2012

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop, also called 'Le Grand Bouqueteau ' ... car park by the entrance to Chinon castle when I visited at the end of May 2014. Chinon is an AOC created in 1937,although wine production in the area goes back centuries, for mainly red and rose wines made from the cabernet franc grape, known in the area as 'pet... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Dark Ruby/Burgundy Color with earth/mineral and cinnamon/grape jelly taste/smell.A bit of chocolate in the background then after a while an odd, but pleasant carrot/celery/green chile notes.Very Dry and quite tart. A Cabernet Franc that I keep asking, 'terrific, now where is the Sauvignon?' This clearly felt like here is the half of the Cabernet... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rose 2012

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    Very nice rose of cab franc. Hints of ripe strawberry, lime pith, nice acidity and some floral notes on the finish. Very good QPR. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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