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

  • 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...

  • Charles Joguet

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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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  • Remy Pannier Cabernet Franc Chinon 2010


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    Wine review by PJBradar

  • I'd try some of the lesser known producers of Chenin, too, although Huet ... nice red (Cab Franc) from Chinon, by Marc Bredif the other day.  Probably $15-20 and really good.  A nice alternative to pinot with lighter meats, like roast chicken and game birds, or pork (which I don't actually like, but people pair it with pinot). It can also hand... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Loire Valley in July

  • @ DMCKER: I have been to Burgundy and love the Pinots. Also like the german ... Bourgueil & Chinon are very close to Saumur where we will be staying for 4 nights, so will definitely check those out. Thank you! And I´ll make sure to post a trip report to make you all jelaous:)@Duncan 906: I am staying at "Les terrases de saumur" and it seems lik... Read More

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  • I visited the Loire valley on the motorbike last year and the year before and I ... from Saumur is the town of Chinon with another great medieval castle where Joan of Arc once met the King of France and where there are lots of places selling Chinon wine. You could also visit the abbey at Fontevaud and see the tombs of Henry ii and Richard the L... Read More

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  • Domaine Catherine et Pierre Breton (Bourgueil - next to Chinon) These reds should be well worth your time, though not sure how far off Bourgueil is from where you're staying.Gerard Boulay - SancerreFrancois Cotat - SancerreDomaine Huet - VouvrayMuscadet- aka Melon de Bourgogne, would be nice to do a day trip if you have the energy for it!Anyhow,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Loire Valley in July

  • Yea, the Loire produces pinot noir, but nay it's not the world's best. ... Maine SE of Nantes, and then Chinon for the cabernet franc. That's plenty, especially since you'll need to get all those castles in.Only a moment now, running out the door, but will revisit later with actual names and places. You planning to bring bottles hom Read More

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  • Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon les Galuches 2014


    Thanksgiving Dinner with Frank in LA Read More

    Wine review by tiffanyh124

  • DV, you could at least link to those BC wines!VV, my first Scherrer Sonoma ... ... but it was no slouch.  Chinon--for under $20 Loire reds are your great pop/rock singers.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines that Sing

  • Out for a nice dinner for my wife's birthday last night. They didn't ... few wines I've had from Chinon and Bourgueil have underwhelmed me, though I've known I've been guilty of not trying enough.So they gave me a real full pour and it proved not to be anywhere near enough. Immediately on the nose, I knew I was in for a treat. Nice exotic mush... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines by the Glass

  • So I've gone back into my Cellar Tracker tasting notes and found just a ... a ... had a few inexpensive Chinons, a couple from VA and NC, two rose of CF and the rest from CA. The French CFs seemed to be quite light with red cherry and cranberry dominating the flavor. The Napa CFs had more of a black cherry and rhubarb profile. This is part of... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Experiencing cabernet franc

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