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Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos, Charles Joguet - 2019

  • Provenance: Loire
  • Appellation: Chinon
  • Domain: Charles Joguet
  • Grape variety(ies): Cabernet franc
  • On-call time: 20 years
  • Alcohol degree: 13.5%
This terroir, made famous by the estate, is located on the left bank of the Vienne, in Sazilly. The 4.5 hectares planted between 1962 and 1976 produce a racy wine, such as this 2018 which dazzled us. A very elegant wine, with aromas of rose and graphite, with great ageing potential. The Varennes are back and are part of the legend of the vintage!
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At the foot of the gravelly terrace, partly formed by the erosion of the limestone slope, this very special siliceous-clay and silico-limestone terroir is located on the left bank of the Vienne, in Sazilly. These four and a half hectares of vines planted between 1962 and 1976 have an average yield of 40 hl/ha.


Cold maceration for 5 days, 4 weeks of vatting, pumping over and punching down. At the end of the alcoholic fermentation, the free-run wines and the best press wines are blended for the malolactic fermentation in barrels of 1 to 3 wines. This cuvée continues its maturation in oak barrels for 15 to 16 months depending on the vintage. The wine is matured for 2 months before bottling.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Sauté of beef • Veal kidneys with sherry vinegar • Vegetable vol-au-vent.

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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