From the steeper Chene Vert vineyard planted in 1976, and with just a touch of new oak evident, this manages to combine density with
deftness to great effect. Crunchy tannins support the velvety, scented fruit on the palate. Intense yet elegant, and singing with hedgerow
berries, mushroom, mulberry and smoky, leafy herbal highlights.
2006 is the first full vintage at this Domaine under the total control of young up and coming winemaker François-Xavier Barc following the retirement of Alain Delauney. What a glorious debut, 2006 was a below average production of 32 hl hectare as a result of a severe green harvesting and triage, the wines are simply stunning. The complexity and harmony of their single vineyard Clos, planted on tuf limestone, are unsurpassed in the appellation. Each of the Clos spend up to a year in two to five-year-old barriques, with a higher proportion of newer wood for the more concentrated Clos de La Dioterie and Clos du Chéne Vert. A domaine to watch very closely.
Chinon sits in the Touraine district of the Loire and is primarily a region known for the production of medium bodied reds made from Cabernet Franc. A small amount of Rose is also produced, along with very small quantites of white from Chenin Blanc. The best reds, such as those of Charles Joguet, have the ability to age in bottle, and are a delightful combination of an intensity of fruit, finesse and refreshing acidity.