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Chinon Les Charmes, Charles Joguet - 2018

  • Provenance: Loire
  • Appellation: Chinon
  • Domain: Charles Joguet
  • Grape variety(ies): Cabernet franc
  • On-call time: 10 years
  • Alcohol degree: 14%
With this aptly named Chinon Les Charmes, the estate is aiming above all for elegance and delicacy of texture, with a wine that is already «pinot», opening with very beautiful and rare notes of peony and violet. But its delicacy is not thinness, you should know that! A real classy Chinon, accessible in many ways but also serious, to drink or to keep (5 to 10 years). Guide Vert RVF : 92/100 ; Wine Spectator : 91/100 ; Wine Advocate : 92/100
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Les Charmes is made from a selection of 35 year old vines on clay-limestone soil in the commune of Anché, on the left bank of the Vienne. Average yield of 40 hl/ha.


Cold skin maceration for 5 days. Vatting lasts more than 15 days at temperatures of 24° to 26°C. Free-run wines are blended with press wines if they are of good quality, as soon as the alcoholic fermentation is finished. The malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels of 3-4 wines, once this is completed the wine continues its maturation in wooden truncated vats for 6 to 8 months, to reveal the subtle aromas of red fruits of this cuvée of good keeping.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Roasted pike-perch in red wine • Stuffed vegetables • Lamb meatballs with coriander.

Almost everyone knows this mythical estate in Chinon, created in 1957 by the famous Charles Joguet. Taken over by Jacques Genet (who had been at his side since 1985, it should be remembered!), it is now revitalised by his daughter, Anne-Charlotte, assisted by the talented Kevin Fontaine and the whole team. The latest vintages are a return to the legend. And for good reason... Depending on the season's profile, the estate works the soil or uses grass. Integrated pest management has been implemented for a long time and the teams only use green products. The estate is even certified as an organic farm from 2019. In addition to a short winter pruning, the disbudding is severe, the internodes are removed, before proceeding with de-stemming, green harvesting and manual leaf removal. Harvesting is of course done by hand. A draconian sorting is carried out in the vineyard to keep only the bunches that are perfectly ripe. In the last few years, the wines of the estate have made a qualitative leap forward, propelling them back to the top of the appellation, with vintages that we believe have the potential to equal and even surpass the mythical 1989 and 1990 of the great Charles. Of course, progress in viticulture explains a lot, but the respect of the raw material in the cellar is to be cited as an example, because few Chinon estates can claim as much precision and regularity and this at...

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