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.
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Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (2013)Reviewed
10 Span Vineyards Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County (2013)Reviewed
Ferdinand Pieroth Cabernet Sauvignon Edelbeerenlese (2003)Wishlisted
Casa Bottega Brunello di Montalcino Il Vino Dei Poeti (2008)Rated
Lock & Worth Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon (2014)Reviewed
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Michael-David Vineyards Petite Petit (2013)Wishlisted
Bodegas Chandon 187 (1997)Cellared
Taylors Port Blend Clare Valley (1994)Cellared
Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva 19 (1981)Cellared