Chinon Wine


Chinon is an appellation created in 1937,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,from an area of 26 communes on both sides of the river Vienne around the small town of that name.This town  is located by the confluence of the river Loire and its tributary the Vienne and is famous as Joan of Arc met the King of France in its castle. It 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,called 'petit breton' in these parts. 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 Read more »

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  • Chenin Blanc

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

  • Lenoir Grape

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

  • 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...

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  • Château de Vaugaudry

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

  • Alain Lorieux

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

  • Charles Joguet

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

  • 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...

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault

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

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  • Pierre Sourdais Chinon Tradition 2017


    I bought this bottle of wine from for £12. Chinon is an appellation created in 1937,although there has been viticulture here since at least the Romans,for red,rose and white wines from an area of 26 communes on both banks of the Vienne river around the town of that name in the Loire valley. Like most Chinon wine,my bo... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Bernard Baudry Chinon les Granges 2017


    This youthful drinking version of M. Baudry is a delicious, light to medium Cabernet Franc with excellent colour (robe), a scent of celery, carrot top, wild grass and a hint of ripe cherry. On the palate, you get a little vanilla, gobs of fresh, ripe cherry and a light to medium density and medium finish. This is an excellent, northern climate... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Le Grand Bougueteau Chinon Cabernet Franc Loire Valley Chinon 2012


    Old world in style even though it seems to be a ripe vintage. Ripe fruit and a touch of menthol on the nose. Red fruited in the mouth with some sharp acidity and a bit of biting tannin on the finish. I know, baby killer. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • If I were within reach of NYC on that date I would *definitely* be ... Domaine Bernard Baudry, Chinon; Gwenaëlle Croix, Domaine de la Pépière, Muscadet; Julien Pinon, Domaine François Pinon, Vouvray; Evelyne de Jessy, Domaine du Closel, Savennières; Melanie Tarlant, Champagne Tarlant; Jean-Paul Brun, Domaine des Terres Dorées, Beaujolais; Damie... Read More

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  • It was a crazy afternoon, with quite a few people in and out of the two ... ... ... chenin blanc and SB (and Chinon red) around the place, and some riesling from both Alsace and the Mosel. All good wines but the Batard garnered the most comments before the La Chapelle appeared. General level of revelry was pretty high, though things were a lot... Read More

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  • Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon 2015


    Very much enjoyed this - enough complexity to be interesting, but a lighter-weight red wine which plays well with complex foods. Read More

    Wine review by hipwine

  • Bougrier Vin de France Chenin V 2015


    Good Thanksgiving choice. Moderately sweet with good acidity for balance. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • 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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