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2014 Chinon “Clos du Chêne Vert”

Charles Joguet

Monks first planted Cabernet Franc vines on this well-exposed chalky slope in the eleventh century, making Clos du Chêne Vert one of Chinon’s oldest parcels. Charles Joguet acquired the land by auction and was left with the laborious task of clearing and replanting the overgrown, untended hillside. In 1988 Kermit wrote, “Le Chêne Vert, once the vines are of sufficient age, will produce Joguet’s finest wine.” Today, the vines are more than thirty-five years old, and that statement has proven true. The wine has appropriate magnitude for such a storied vineyard, expressing this legendary site with intensity and refinement. Raised eighteen months in used barrels, this is a thick, profound Chinon that will evolve much like a great Bordeaux growth. While you can definitely appreciate the 2014 now—ideally, after patiently decanting it and serving with a rare cut of steak—several years in the cellar will bring out its full potential.

Anthony Lynch

$57.00
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Chinon
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Charles Joguet
Winemaker: Kevin Fontaine
Vineyard: Vines 30 years old
Soil: Siliceous chalk & clay
Aging: Prolonged aging in 1-3 year-old barrels for 18 months
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13%

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About Loire

map of Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!

Inspiring Thirst, page 117

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