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Tasting through the lineup of Chinon reds from Domaine Joguet is a perfect introduction to the many virtues of the Cabernet Franc grape. Sourced from various parcels along the banks of the Vienne, a tributary to the Loire, these wines offer a fascinating array of floral, fruity, and spicy aromas to stimulate the palate. Les Petites Roches—a nod to the gravelly parcels chosen for this cuve?e—shows off Cabernet in its most delicate, charming form, rife with aromas of roses and little red berries along with a gentle tannin holding it all together. Loire reds are often criticized for having a vegetal, bell pepper-like flavor, but in the best wines this trait is only a subtle nuance that contributes complexity; it is even less pronounced in warm vintages like 2015. This Chinon takes well to a slight chill and shines with summery dishes such as chicken salad, grilled salmon, or a picnic-style assortment of various cured meats and cheeses.
|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|
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!
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