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Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos Franc de Pied Charles Joguet (Domaine) 2018

  • Black fruit
  • Gastronomic wine
  • Wine for ageing
  • Color:Red
  • Organic
  • 14% 
  • 1.5L
  • Intensity
  • Classic

A wine in limited production, made by a Chinon domaine which is undeniably becoming firmly established as an icon of the appellation. More info

The Charles Joguet domaine, which today is a family estate, has about thirty hectares of vines, the majority of which are planted with Cabernet Franc. Plot-by-plot vinification takes pride of place there. This wine in limited production, Les Varennes du Grand Clos Franc de Pied, is evidence of this. The wine comes from the same terroir as the Les Varennes du Grand Clos cuvée. They are therefore vinified separately in order to let their distinctive typical characters be expressed. The Franc de Pied vines only cover one hectare and were planted in 1982, 1992 and 1995.
To produce the wine, the domaine is committed to soil tillage which fosters local microbial life and encourages the roots to draw nutrients from deep within the soil. The yields are limited in order to promote ripeness and complexity. The grapes are harvested by hand and transported to the winery in small boxes. The wine is matured for a long time in a container that should not overly mark it with wood.
Tasting reveals a wine with quite an intense ruby-red colour that unleashes aromas of red and black fruits, flowers such as violet and sweet spices. The palate is dense and full-bodied, and the tannins are well integrated. We recommend several years of aging.

Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos Franc de Pied Charles Joguet (Domaine) serve at a temperature of 15°C. It will pair perfectly with the following dishes: Tarte salée au lard et champignons, Darnes de thon rouge aux poivrons, Risotto aux girolles.

  • Vintage score: 16/20
  • Lot presentation
    Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos Franc de Pied Charles Joguet (Domaine)

    Cuvée presentation

    The Charles Joguet domaine, which today is a family estate, has about thirty hectares of vines, the majority of which are planted with Cabernet Franc. Plot-by-plot vinification takes pride of place there. This wine in limited production, Les Varennes du Grand Clos Franc de Pied, is evidence of this. The wine comes from the same terroir as the Les Varennes du Grand Clos cuvée. They are therefore vinified separately in order to let their distinctive typical characters be expressed. The Franc de Pied vines only cover one hectare and were planted in 1982, 1992 and 1995.
    To produce the wine, the domaine is committed to soil tillage which fosters local microbial life and encourages the roots to draw nutrients from deep within the soil. The yields are limited in order to promote ripeness and complexity. The grapes are harvested by hand and transported to the winery in small boxes. The wine is matured for a long time in a container that should not overly mark it with wood.
    Tasting reveals a wine with quite an intense ruby-red colour that unleashes aromas of red and black fruits, flowers such as violet and sweet spices. The palate is dense and full-bodied, and the tannins are well integrated. We recommend several years of aging.

    Information about domain Charles Joguet

    Since its founding by Charles Joguet in 1957, the estate has sought to provide an exquisite showcase for the terroirs of Chinon, based on a simple idea: wine as an expression of its region. Alongside his mother, the Widow Joguet-Malécault (whose initials feature on the foil cover), Charles Joguet produced his first cuvées. Between 1962 and 1976, the vineyard was extended through several different plantations: Les Varennes du Grand Clos, the Clos de la Cure, and the Clos du Chêne Vert. Today, it covers more than 30 hectares (mostly planted with Cabernet Franc) spread across more than 25km, with a wide variety of terroirs (alluvial soil, gravel, clay, limestone, etc.). The soil is tilled or seeded with grass, yields are restricted and harvesting performed by hand, using small crates to avoid crushing the grapes. In the cellar, élevage lasts for a long time and sometimes takes place in bigger barrels so as to not overpower the wines with oak. Producing Cabernet Franc only, today the estate is run by Jacques Genet (the estate's owner and partner of Charles Joguet in 1985) and his daughter Anne-Charlotte. The Clos de la Dioterie, famous for its soil and the age of its vinestocks (80 years), is the domain's flagship, yet all its wines are of a high quality and rank among Chinon's finest.

    Detailed characteristics

    • Quantity: 1 Magnum
    • Level: 1 into-neck
    • Label: 1 good appearance
    • Origin: Producer
    • Recoverable VAT: Yes
    • Original Wooden Case / Original Case: No
    • French customs seal: no
    • Alcohol percentage: 14 %
    • Country/Region: Loire
    • Appellation/Wine: Chinon
    • Producer/Owner: Charles Joguet (Domaine)
    • Vintage: 2018
    • Color: Red
    • Service temperature: 15°
    • Viticulture: Organic 
    • Size (in ha): 3
    • Volume: 120000
    • Intensity: Classic
    • Dominant aroma: Black fruit
    • Tasting occasion: Gastronomic wine
    • Grape variety: 100% Cabernet franc
    Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos Franc de Pied Charles Joguet (Domaine)
    Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos Franc de Pied Charles Joguet (Domaine)

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