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Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie 2015

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Clos de la Dioterie is the essence of finesse: a harmony of ripe fruit aromas followed by silky spice on the palate; the freshness of a just-ripe blackberry and a trace of vanilla to soften the acidity. A wine that is easy to call pretty, in the most charming sense of the word.

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Joguet's monopole 2015 Chinon Clos de la Dioterie is from 70- to 80-year-old vines on clay-limestone soils. A bit reduced at the beginning, this is a very spicy yet also very fine and intense Cabernet Franc that has a bit of Pinot behavior. Nice paprika flavors here. The palate is very elegant, intense and juicy, with very fine tannins that carry this Cabernet to a very long, intense, salty and promising finish. It’s tightly woven, concentrated but fresh and energetic. This is another excellent, perhaps more masculine Chinon compared to the Chêne Vert.

WE 93
Wine Enthusiast

The domaine's oldest vines have produced a rich, concentrated wine packed with all the smoky, red-fruit flavors of ripe Cabernet Franc. It is still firm, but the structure has opened into a generous ripeness that suggests the wine will be ready to drink from 2021.

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Charles Joguet

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Charles Joguet, France
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Charles Joguet, a young painter and sculptor, abandoned a budding art career to assume direction of the family domaine in 1957. He began to question the common practice of selling grapes to negociants, as his family had done for years. The Joguets owned prime vineyard land between the Loire and Vienne Rivers with distinct variations in the soils. To sell the grapes off or vinify the individualized plots together would have been madness. Separate terroirs, Charles believed, necessitate separate vinifications. He took the risks necessary to master single-vineyard bottling with an artistry that Chinon had never before seen. Charles has since retired. Today, the eager and talented Kevin Fontaine oversees the vineyards and the cellars.

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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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Cabernet Franc, a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, is the subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine-producing world. Somm Secret—One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.

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