October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
The great Dioterie vineyard, on the white chalk slopes of Sazilly along the Vienne River, is on the opposite side of the river from Chinon’s most famous terroirs. It produces, with great regularity, a Cabernet Franc that is very dark in robe, structured, blue- and black-fruited, and muscular. It has an uncanny ability to age, as the bottles we have tasted from the seventies and eighties so adamantly attest. Please inquire about magnums.
|Vineyard:||Planted in 1930 to 1940, 2.22 ha|
|Soil:||White Limestone, Clay|
|Aging:||Prolonged aging in 1-3 year-old barrels for 12-15 months|
Éric Chevalier France | Loire | Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu
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.
For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.