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Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie 2017

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

Winemaker Notes

This wine provides savory sensations highlighted by licorice, mint, and spice, culminating in a majestic tannin.

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V 95

The 2017 Chinon Clos de la Dioterie retains its great depth of color and feels incredibly young compared with many other 2017s from the region. Demonstrating excellent concentration and full body, it is round and without any angles. There's plenty of stuffing here, yet it remains elegant and coats the mouth with a delightfully fine tannic veil. You could drink it now, but that would be infanticide. If you like classy Right Bank wines that use Cabernet Franc as their base, you'll be pleasantly surprised at this wine.

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The 2017 Chinon Clos de la Dioterie is from a northeast-facing monopole right next to the winery overlooking the Varennes du Grand Clos. This historic clos of just over two hectares hosts low-yielding 70- to 80-year-old vines rooting deep in a clayey, highly calcareous soils. The nose is deep, intense and perfectly ripe as well as elegant and seamless, and it exhibits ripe, dark berry aromas and remarkably fine limestone finesse with bloody meat notes. On the palate, this is a thoroughly vital red with great finesse and intensity and all the tributes you may expect from an icon wine of the appellation. The finish is vital, fresh, lemony, salty and highly stimulating if not mouthwatering but also stringent and tensioned, with perfect fruit ripeness and a gorgeous tannin/acidity structure. Impressive. Tasted in June 2021.
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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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