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2015 Chinon “Les Petites Roches”

Charles Joguet

2015 Chinon “Les Petites Roches” Charles Joguet - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

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.

Anthony Lynch

$24.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Chinon
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Charles Joguet
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
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 13.5%

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About 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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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.

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