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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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 Wilfrid Rousse

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

  • 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 Daniel Chauveau

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

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Chinon on Snooth

  • Charles Joguet Cuvee Terroir Chinon Loire 2006

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    a nose of: smoke,dark berries, taste of chocolate covered apricots, dirt, pepper, and a dry but complex finish. Wonderful juice here! Read More

    Wine review by edub


  • Les Varennes du Grand Clos Charles Joguet 2001

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    light bodied, little bit murky, olives Read More

    Wine review by Hy1212


  • Les Varennes du Grand Clos Charles Joguet 2001

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    90 points Wine Spectator: "Nice and supple, with deep black cherry and currant ... ... as best possible the Chinon terroirs (a combination of soil and microclimate), with a simple idea in mind: each wine is the expression of a particular terroir. Les Varennes du Grand Clos is at the foot of the gravelly terrace formed, in part, by the erosion... Read More

    Wine review by Hy1212


  • Domaine de Noire Chinon Elegance 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by Moglandor


  • O. Raffault Chinon "Les Picasses" 2002

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    Interesting - very dry Italian like (almost) - good nose at first - great taste at first but then... a bit dry and the fruit disappeared - not bad though at all - very good for the price - interesting wine - very earthy and lots of minerals - needs some time - we have another bottle and will more than likely like it better in time - Read More

    Wine review by deconut


  • Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by dobsohn


  • Chinon les Petites Roches 2005

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    A really fine Chinon with darker fruit than may be typical. Almost curranty fruit marries with tobacco, ancho chili, crushed violets, and potting soil in a plush styled wine with good acidity and supporting tannins that gives this a wonderful mouthfeel. The finish continues the theme with a bit more pronounced acidity refreshing the palate and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon 2005

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    Lovely pure fruit laid over a bed of gritty minerality yields a wine that is perfectly at home with rustic fair. Lovely suggestions of tobacco, moist earth and just a minor edge of green veggie notes. This is really very bright and eminently drinkable, best paired with something that can buffer the fine acidity here. This would also work well wi... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine Gasnier Chinon les Graves 2007

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    Sucks Read More

    Wine review by om00ba


  • Domaine Gouron Chinon Terroirs 2005

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    The actual bottle I tried was "Terroir", Gouron's reserve bottling. Dark purple wine come from 50 year old vines has nose of black fruits and black olive with well balanced oak and acidity. Since it's a bit tannic, I wonder if it'll hit its best in a couple of years,, Read More

    Wine review by wineluv


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