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An important red wine appellation in the Touraine district of the Loire, Chinon produces fanciful, light-bodied reds from the Cabernet Franc grape. Chinon also makes charming rosés from the same grape as well as white wines from Chenin blanc. But the reds give the area its fame. Often scented with fresh herbs, black tea and violets, Chinon reds show a lovely combination of fruit and acidity. However, styles have become more concentrated and ripe in recent years from improvements in vineyard management. Modern methods include planting grass between vineyard rows, using higher trellises and deleafing to increase sunlight to berries and therefore improve ripening. Even still, red Chinon is intended to be a light to medium bodied, refreshing wine to be enjoyed in its youth.

Fuller-bodied Chinons come from vineyard sites on the clay and tuffeau limestone slopes, usually from the southern exposed slopes of Cravant-les-Coteaux, and the plateau above Beaumont. Lighter styled wines come from the sand and gravel vineyards near the Loire or Vienne Rivers with the most refined examples coming from the area around Panzoult

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    Domaine de Pallus Chinon Les Pensees de Pallus 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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    Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rouge Les Chiens-Chiens 2014
    Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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      Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges 2017
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        Domaine de Pallus Messanges Rose Chinon 2017
        Rosé from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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          Domaine de la Noblaie Chinon Rouge Les Chiens-Chiens 2017
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            Marc Bredif Chinon 2017
            Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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