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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in Chinon View all

  • Domaine Bernard Baudry

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

  • Château de Vaugaudry

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

  • Alain Lorieux

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

  • 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...

  • 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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Chinon on Snooth

  • Jon - Ultimate Wine is in New Jersey. I know them pretty well. They always have ... both have quite bit of both Chinon and and Bourg. Although it might just be cheaper to have them shipped dow Read More

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  • I forgot to give you the other San Diego store...this one actually looks to ... have a bigger selection. 4 Chinon's compared to 1, wow. Ultimate WineWith San Diego lacking in diversity, maybe we should just get together and taste in OC or LA? &nbs Read More

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  • Went back today. She's having a tasting of Hungarian wines. But she ... ... because I was looking for a Chinon. They had Baudry's basic one at $22. It's a $14 or $15 wine. Good enough actually and i drink it. But that was it! Nothing else. So I'm going to try Jon's suggestion.Now as far as CF from elsewhere, I once introduced Pam Starr to Bern... Read More

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  • I'm no expert on Loire reds, but I confess to liking them a lot and ... ... the quality level for both Chinon and Bourgueil (and St. Nicholas de Bourg) is pretty dependent on the maker.  Prices for Bourgueil (wait for huge generalization) are just a tad lower because the region is even more obscure in the US.  I've had disappointing Chinons (C... Read More

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  • Greg, there are a couple wine shops in San Diego that should suit your needs, or at least one of these should. Lets start with the most likely...Ive pondered making the drive from San Clemente many times.Vintage Wines 6904 Miramar Rd. #101 - San Diego, 92121  Read More

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  • It ain't Timbucktu but it's full of BevMo! They buy juice, put their ... there's just not much Chinon here. the place is too nice to need that kind of austere self-improvement approach to wine Read More

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  • KLwines looks like a star in comparison to those options of yours, JD. ... ... ... that I had hopes for. No Chinon (and one of them used to carry Joguet regularly--only questionable Saumur and Touraine these days--multiple cot and gamay options, but no CF--wtf?), and at one of them they thought Bourgueil was in Italy.  ;-(Off further afield in... Read More

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  • Greg, comeon now.  San Diego ain't Timbucktu!  Perhaps another ... if you can't find some Chinon in the area. Perhaps a good opportunity to start qualifying local vendors. Bets should probably be off on the Bourgueil, but that's what places like KL are for...Who was the winemaker based in the Loire, also with a name like Catherine and part of ... Read More

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  • I wouldn't mind but how? Where the hell am I ever going to find Chinon in SD?I'm just going from memory! Should have brought back some Chinon when I was in NYC last week. Even harder if everyone is doing the same wines, which is a great idea.Can't debate you regarding the relative merits of the two regions as I've not had all that much great Bou... Read More

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  • You have several choices. I think Pithon-Paillé is kind of a ... I ... I think Breton produces both Chinon and Bourgueil and a great way to learn about different regions is to remove all the variables except the region. So tasting wines from the same producer using the same grape but from different regions is a pretty interesting exercise IMHO... Read More

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