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2017 Chinon Rosé

Charles Joguet

2017 Chinon Rosé Charles Joguet - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

If you walk five minutes north of Domaine Charles Joguet, in the sleepy commune of Sazilly, you come to a picture-perfect clearing on the Vienne river. It’s hard to imagine a better location for a picnic or barbecue. Like much of the Loire Valley, the bank rolls softly into the river, making it easy to take a dip in the slow-moving water between bites of cheese and sips of wine. The area is mostly sunny and exposed, but there are a few trees giving generous shade should you need some relief from the summer heat.
     If this is nature’s answer to where you should spend an afternoon picnic, Joguet’s Chinon Rosé is wine’s answer to what you should drink once you’re there. One of the first rosés Kermit imported—in 1978, long before rosé became a gold pink rush—this wine has been consistently delicious for four decades. It is especially mouthwatering with the 2017 vintage, delivering an elegant balance of strawberries, raspberries, and spice. Pair this wine with your favorite picnic food and raise a glass to this iconic domaine’s 40th year of sending U.S. wine drinkers beautiful, thirst-quenching rosé.

Tom Wolf

Vintage: 2017
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Chinon
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Charles Joguet
Winemaker: Kevin Fontaine
Vineyard: 30 years average
Soil: Sliceous alluvial sand
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Alcohol: 12.5%

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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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Let the brett nerds retire into protective bubbles, and whenever they thirst for wine it can be passed in to them through a sterile filter. Those of us on the outside can continue to enjoy complex, natural, living wines.

Inspiring Thirst, page 236

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