Chinon Wine


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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sémillon

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

  • 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...

  • Chenin Blanc

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

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  • Jean-Maurice Raffault

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

  • 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...

  • Alain Lorieux

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

  • 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 ...

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  • Sounds like storage was good for all. Did everyone else provide a few bottles ... within Poitou (and Anjou, Chinon, etc. owned by her future 2nd husband, Henry II of Anjou, Normandy and England).Before his death Eleanor's dad got her betrothed to Louis the 7th of France, the future King, though France at that time was much smaller than it late... Read More

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  • Just served a very late lunch (started eating at 3:30) on a Friday afternoon ... sherry by Burdon, and a 2012 Chinon by Baudry. All were chilled, the Falanghina most and the Cab Franc least. I hadn't made this dish in 15 years, and the last time was in Puglia, so was experimenting a bit.The burrata was excellent even if it wasn't as good as in... Read More

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  • Where I am right now it's 95 Fahrenheit in the late afternoon with relative ... Autumn through spring the Chinon (nor do I tend to want to drink it chilled) and many other reds would do me well. But now, not so much.Do your local shops have websites. hurstdp? Point me at one and I can make some specific recco Read More

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  • Good questions. Smoky can go with a lot of things. Some whites too - I had a Cab Franc from Chinon the other day and I'm thinking that would have been really good with mussels and smoked tomato. Read More

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  • If I had a Twitter account, I'd probably remind all my friends to drink ... reds, so maybe a Marc Bredif Chinon, or maybe a burgundy. If I wasn't working, I'd have salade nicoise and rose for lunch.&nbs Read More

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  • Pallus Messanges Rose Cabernet Franc Chinon Val de Loire 2014


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    Wine review by Stubs66

  • Domaine de la Noblaie les Chiens-Chiens Chinon 2012


    Raspberry and cherry float lightly with dried florals, herbs and spice. With just a touch of extra body this easy to drink, well heeled and lengthy. Paul 89 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Domaine de la Noblaie les Chiens-Chiens Chinon 2012


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    Wine review by Odysseyon

  • Remy Pannier Cabernet Franc Chinon 2010


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    Wine review by PJBradar

  • I'd try some of the lesser known producers of Chenin, too, although Huet ... nice red (Cab Franc) from Chinon, by Marc Bredif the other day.  Probably $15-20 and really good.  A nice alternative to pinot with lighter meats, like roast chicken and game birds, or pork (which I don't actually like, but people pair it with pinot). It can also hand... Read More

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