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2022 Chinon Rosé

Charles Joguet
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Before Charles Joguet took over his family domaine in Chinon, he was a passionate painter and sculptor in Paris, retreating to a little studio in Montmartre. When his father passed away, he came to a crossroads: become a part-time vigneron among painters or a part-time painter among vignerons, and he chose the latter. The style of Joguet’s Chinon rosé has evolved over the years, and today it is crisp and bright, with bitter notes of ruby citrus, white pepper, and cherry pit. It’s the perfect wine for sipping while indulging in a long-lost, artistic pastime. Fun fact: a drawing Charles made of his mother’s historical home is featured on the label.

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Technical Information
Wine Type: Rosé
Vintage: 2022
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Chinon
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Charles Joguet
Winemaker: Kevin Fontaine
Vineyard: 30 years average, 10.52 ha
Soil: Sliceous alluvial sand
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 14%

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About The Region

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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