Charles Joguet Chinon Cuvee Terroir .750L Loire France

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This ”cuvee” is made with grapes from the vines of Beaumont-en-Veron, to which we add, throughout the different vintages, ”press and free-run wines” from the alluvial soil of the left bank of the Vienne. This particular blend lends this wine its original harmony of arome and matter. Grape destemming without crushing, 5 days of skin maceration at cool temperatures, a rapid start to fermentation, at maximum temperature of 25°C for 10 days - the fermentation is sometimes interrupted before the entire transformation of sugar into alcohol - make this a highly aromatic wine which also benefits from the tannic support of the press wines. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vats, after the wine is drawn off and during the winter this wine is naturally chilled. A number of rackings, together with in-vat maturation and bottling at the end of the spring, and this wine is ready for our summer enjoyment.

Wine & Spirits 93 points - Kevin Fontaine, who took over this domaine when Charles Joguet retired, presents this wine as a “precocious cuvee,” meant for early drinking. His 2016, though immediately accessible, seems grander than that, full and fleshy in its red fruit, structured by supple tannins and vibrant acidity. It’s a joyous cabernet franc, especially in the company of steak frites..April/2019