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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Bernard Baudry

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

  • Charles Joguet

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

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Chinon on Snooth

  • Rive Gauche Chinon 2009


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    Wine review by jeffmacintyre

  • Sauvion Chinon 2006


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    Wine review by morisbelvins

  • Philippe Alliet Chinon 2008


    Bien épicé et riche. Read More

    Wine review by DonnSylvie

  • Rive Gauche Chinon 2009


    Organic! Light and well balanced, lots of berries right out of the bottle, worked well with spicy thai soup. Read More

    Wine review by smoore7

  • Rive Gauche Chinon 2009


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    Wine review by smoore7

  • Dmcker... hope you are reading :-)  And the rest of you as well.LOVE  ... ... far, I have tasted a few Chinons- forgive me if I get some of the labels wrong... I am new to the French, having drank CA wine for the past 20 something years!2004 Chinon Domaine de Beasejour (sp)  and2006 Les Chiens Domaine de la NoblaieThe first I tasted at a high-e... Read More

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  • Couly-Dutheil Chinon les Chanteaux 2006


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    Wine review by pbohaboy

  • Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvée Terroir 2008


    Highly recommended, we found it a bit watery. Light fruits,mostly pear with strong tannins. Read More

    Wine review by Coastalcorks

  • Couly-Dutheil Chinon les Chanteaux 2008


    Fungal nose of mushrooms and truffle oil. Crisp in the mouth with quince flavors. Nice emollient mouthfeel throughout. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • C Joguet Chinon Cuvee Cure 2006


    First nose on the elegance of barrel aged Medoc cru bourgeois. When shaken, reveals his northern origin of Cabernet Franc. Dominant crunchy red fruit, framed by a natural freshness of Cabernet Franc. On the palate, a bit of astringency (but not dry tannins). Robust body. Request another one to two years for the complexity to be revealed. Read More

    Wine review by cyril

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