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...

  • St. Laurent

    St. Laurent: is a grape that is full of prounounced dark fruits such as black berries, sour cherries and prune compli...

  • Lenoir Grape

    This red-fleshed grape is a popular variety in Texas, where it is sometimes blended with Ruby Cabernet to make red ta...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chenin Blanc

    History of the grape: Modern day French oenologist Pierre Galet states Chenin Blanc has been in France at least since...

Popular Wineries in Chinon View all

  • Couly-Dutheil

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon les Granges 2010


    Lots of fresh herbaceous blackberry on the nose here, coupled with refreshing hints of menthol and cough drop. My better half and I both though the nose was a bit like a dolcetto. On the palate it was slightly less complex. Lots of plush, soft tannin and a delicate balance of flavors. The body was a defining characteristic of this wine - very mo... Read More

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  • I almost bit on that Gridley myself...Wally's had an interesting mailer on ... NG, the Gridley or that last Chinon? I know kind of a different price point.Looks like you had quite an evening Vino. Read More

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  • Lots of people who drink sherry in Tokyo. And a hell of a lot easier to find good sherry than good Loire red.  Two more shops, two more strikes (five so far, hope I get a hit before the inning ends). Smatterings of whites and roses, no Loire CF to save my life. I could've found more 20 years ago, far more easily, than in 2014. Says something abo... Read More

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  • San Diego is just kind of like that unfortunately. There's a decent music scene, and some good food, weather, but it's the surf/ frat scene that's hard to shake. I was there for college for years and grew tired of it by the second year. Read More

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  • "one of them they thought Bourgueil was in Italy.."That's only fair:  I was called for jury service last summer, and who did I wind up sitting next to in the waiting room but a young sommelier who worked as an assistant somm at Meadowood.  We got to talking about wines and I said that the Bay Area has a really limited selection of Italian wines.... Read More

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  • Sorry Greg, I shouldn't go posting so late. Here it is, the Wine ... ... score a little better on the Chinon scale at 7 wines, 4 producers. Found this place by searching 2011 Marcarini Barbera. Enjoyed it at a restaurant recently and they're one of the few to have it statesid Read More

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  • Not frequenting! I don't want to be a jerk and knock them. Maybe they're doing the best they can. The manager/owner has to work on her social skills though. She's not particularly welcoming. Just a perfunctory "can I help you?" and no further engagement.She demonstrates no passion at all, which is kind of deadly. Maybe there's no market. So what... Read More

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  • 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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