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...

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  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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Chinon on Snooth

  • 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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  • yeah.. I am into the Chinon for sure... I would be interested, but have to source.  For now, I am loving the Chinon I posted yesterday.  Just went and bought more today, and they are sold out now.  I got 2 bottles... Read More

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  • The Chinon is going to be better.  Or rather, since I don't know what the wines are, your odds are better with a Chinon than a Bourgueil. Read More

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  • Seems like I can source quite a few Bourgueli locally, which is a pleasant surprise. Some popular producers: Yannick Amirault, Pithon-Paille, Catherine & Pierre BretonShould be fun to investigate, and works well with another project I'm working on. Read More

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  • Of course I'm interested. Was actually surprised when I came across those ... as I'd assumed they were Chinon's after I bought them (was the last of my Garagiste purchases a year or two back) and I hadn't heard of Bourgueil (though I did appreciate how it started with "Bourg").I'm interested in the 4 bottle plan most likely. Perhaps an '09 and... Read More

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  • Was out of circulation for a couple of days. Greg, your expectations are the ... ... view of Bourgueil vs. Chinon, with most people expecting the latter to be better. However, personally I've had plenty-good Bourgueil in the past.Within the next couple of days I should be able to scope out the usual-suspect sources in Tokyo to see what my opt... Read More

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  • Coming directly off viewing two recent posts in the 'Whatcha drinking ... of two different Chinon reds (if each of us could handle the logistics of opening, say, eight different bottles, though four might also work--if we were physically together I'd suggest 12 or more...). So many similarities between the two regions and their wine, so let's a... Read More

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  • Nice looking bottle NG, magnum?I'm not familiar with the producer but I ... I have a mind to taste more Chino Read More

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  • Dmcker, again- I am so happy to see you back!  Sorry I did not respond ... too...   Tonight a Chinon.   Still a big Sonoma fan, and think of you, time to time, when visiting that amazing region- especially the coast.Hope you can find some good wine soon :-)I think GregT's biggest shocker in moving to SD is having to DRIVE to go get anything.. ... Read More

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