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Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvee Terroir 2016

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

First and foremost, this wine is delicious. But it is also complex and elusive—does fruit (cherry and blackberry) lead the way? Or does something darker and more mysterious (pine, earth, graphite...) bring the fruit along?

Generous and versatile with food, this is a wine that teases the mind while rewarding the palate—a remarkable balance for this price.

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W&S 93
Wine & Spirits
Kevin Fontaine, who took over this domaine when Charles Joguet retired, presents this wine as a “precocious cuvée,” meant for early drinking. His 2016, though immediately accessible, seems grander than that, full and fleshy in its red fruit, structured by supple tannins and vibrant acidity. It’s a joyous cabernet franc, especially in the company of steak frites.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Fresh, with a floral note leading the way for bright cherry and bitter plum notes. Fresh savory and olive flashes line the finish. Drink now through 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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