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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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...

  • 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...

  • St. Laurent

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

Popular Wineries in Chinon View all

  • Château de Vaugaudry

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

  • Domaine Bernard Baudry

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

  • 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 ...

  • Domaine Wilfrid Rousse

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

  • Alain Lorieux

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

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Chinon on Snooth

  • Remy Pannier Cabernet Franc Chinon 2007


    Berry, floral and herb aromas, flavors of raspberry and current with graphite undertones. Finishes with smooth tannins and slight tartness. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky

  • Remy Pannier Cabernet Franc Chinon 2007


    Berry, floral and herb aromas, flavors of raspberry and current with graphite undertones. Finishes with smooth tannins and slight tartness. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky

  • Domaine Gasnier Chinon les Graves 2008


    Artisan grown C.Franc from near the banks of the Vienne. The Gasnier bros craft ethereal wine, so much complexity and concentration seemingly on air, almost like culinary foam: Raspberry, frutti di bosco, graphite, violets. Wonderful to enjoy with a slow-roasted chicken. Read More

    Wine review by enotheque

  • Couly-Dutheil Chinon les Chanteaux 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by jbstyle

  • Baudry Chinon Guillot 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by caltrop

  • Domaine du Grand Breviande Chinon 2008


    Meaty, leathery nose with notes of tobacco & pencil lead (had just a taste at a tasting) Read More

    Wine review by ONUMello

  • Olga Raffault Chinon les Picasses White Imported-French 2005


    An excellent wine by any standards. Fruity on the nose with smoky aromas, rich yet well-balanced and fresh on the palate thanks to a subtle acidity, a pleasant length to make the pleasure last. Tasted on the terrasse of Le Choiseul, in Amboise, on a beautiful, memorable day in April 2009... Read More

    Wine review by FrederiqueA

  • Bernard Baudry Chinon Franc de Pied 2006


    What a deep, dark red should be! Its aroma is that of a barnyard. On the pallet it feels like liquid velvet - perfectly balanced tannins, rich, smooth, with no bitterness or bite. Will drive far and wide to find this wine. Read More

    Wine review by Mototennis

  • Château de Vaugaudry Chinon 2005


    A beautiful aroma nose presents red fruit, a bit spicy-sweet, mixed with a bit of green vegetal. On the attack has sour berry (raspberry or blackberry) and a hint of stone fruit and earth; however, seems a little light-bodied in the mid-palate. Medium plus acid and fuzzy tannins. Has a short but adequate finish. To me it tastes like it ... Read More

    Wine review by dynowine

  • Chinon "Cuvee les Puys" Domaine Wilfred Rousse 2006


    zesty fruits, medium bodied, minerals and spice, tart fruit, with a dry finish. Decent, but does not express the cab Franc fruit to it's fullest and best example. Read More

    Wine review by edub

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