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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Varietals Produced in Chinon View all

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • Alain Lorieux

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

  • Couly-Dutheil

    The famous vineyard of Chinon Established in 1921 by Baptiste Dutheil, then developped by René Co...

  • Château de Vaugaudry

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

  • 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

  • Jean-Maurice Raffault Chinon les Galuches 2014

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    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


  • I have very little experience with CF.  I have five or six bottles of CA ... pretty sure the number of Chinon I have consumed is equal to one.  So, following is the only contribution I can make to this conversation.A couple years ago we visited the Childress winery in North Carolina (around Vin0vin0's patch).  The best wine I tasted that day w... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Experiencing cabernet franc


  • Definitely like what Cabernet Franc adds to Right Bank Bordeaux, and it no ... ... or French wine is definitely Chinon. I've tried a couple young Baudry's and did not care for them much. I do have some more bottles, including some Charles Joguet and Olga Raffault, but they are wines that benefit from agin Read More

    Forum post in the topic Experiencing cabernet franc


  • I've moved my post from another thread discussing problems with a Virginian ... try some CF from the Loire (Chinon and others), as well as a couple with plenty in the blend of a right-bank Bordeaux for reference's sake (e.g. Cheval Blanc which is 2/3 CF and 1/3 merlot, Ausone which is roughly 50-50, and something like Figeac which is 1/3 each C... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Experiencing cabernet franc


  • To get a better feel for the grape and what it can and should do, you guys ... ... try some CF from the Loire (Chinon and others), as well as a couple with plenty in the blend of a right-bank Bordeaux for reference's sake (e.g. Cheval Blanc which is 2/3 CF and 1/3 merlot, Ausone which is roughly 50-50, and something like Figeac which is 1/3 ea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Charles Jouget Chinon Rose 2014

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    Wine review by 453542Mr Dolce 453542 Mr Dolce


  • Cuvee Signee By Romain Parisis Chinon 2011

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    Pretty good for an inexpensive Cab Franc. Light and airy with red cherry, cranberry, a touch of mustiness and a bit of white pepper. The tannins are fairly tight grained and mild, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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