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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  • Sémillon

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Lenoir Grape

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

Popular Wineries in Chinon View all

  • 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 Wilfrid Rousse

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

  • Charles Joguet

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

  • 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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Chinon on Snooth

  • Joguet Chinon Dioterie 2002


    Oak, tobacco and pepper on the nose. Red fruit, earth, wood and some mineral flavors. Overall full bodied with well-rounded tannins and a spicy finish. Initially there was some astringency, but after breathing for 1.5-2 hours, the wine improved tremendously. Read More

    Wine review by Blinky

  • Chat. de Coulaine Chinon Rouge Bonnaventure Loire France 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by mzelesko

  • Lenoir Chinon les Roches 2004


    golden color, non-filtered AOC Chinon nose very mineral, oil, citrus, spice, dry, medium to high acidity, grapefruit with our any sweetness, some bitterness on finish Read More

    Wine review by Greg Roberts

  • Olga Raffault Chinon les Picasses 1990


    tasted on 8/22/09 still fresh, lively core, a nose of dust, taste of iron, rind, and earth. After about 4 hours of decanting , filled with odds and sods, wanting more fruit. it doesn't come in, but the length and subtleties increases, with a touch of sweetness at the finish. Interesting, but makes me want just something a little more. Read More

    Wine review by edub

  • Baudry Chinon Rose 2008


    Very tangy on the back end. Not the overdone sweetness, but a tartness that really took it away from strawberry land and into something much more citrusy -- balanced with a hint of apricot. Color on this is a fantastic shade of salmon-peach. Rocked it with a Greek feast. Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf

  • Domaine Wilfrid Rousse Chinon les Puys 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by brianjmcd

  • Domaine Wilfrid Rousse Chinon les Puys 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by happyrobot

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon Rosé 2008


    Gorgeous salmon color and a great rush of strawberry and pomegranate with a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by jasonkauf

  • Chateau de la Bonneliere Chinon 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by baseball636

  • Pierre Ferrand Chinon Château de Ligré 2005


    Being a 2005 vintage, I think there is a tiny bit of aging begining to happen with this wine. The honeyed notes jump out the fruit, while still crisp, is drifting towards the baked side. I keep thinking it's apricot, but I am not going to bet the farm on that. Honey. Light floral. Little mineral.On the palate, it's pretty rich. The honeyed chara... Read More

    Wine review by happyrobot

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