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Wines from Chinon

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Bernard Baudry 2008 La Croix Boisée Cabernet Franc (Chinon)

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  1. $37
With a touch of initial mineral austerity, this still-young wine offers tannins and a solid structure as well as black cherry and dark plum fruits. Beautifully balanced, it will develop slowly, leaving its minerality and rounding out.  — R.V.  (6/1/2011)
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Bernard Baudry 2010 Les Grézeaux Cabernet Franc (Chinon)

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From clay and silex soil at the foot of the hill behind the Baudry house, this solid, richly fruity wine brings out both concentrated tannins and opulent, red berry flavors. Showing the great potential structure from old vines, this is a wine for aging over at least six years.  — R.V.  (6/1/2013)
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Bernard Baudry 2010 Le Clos Guillot Cabernet Franc (Chinon)

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A chalk soil vineyard gives this very mineral interpretation of Loire Cabernet Franc. It has richness, weight, solid, ageworthy tannins as well as juicy red fruits. Dried fruits and just a hint of herbal acidity add complexity to a wine that is still young. Age for 5–6 years.  — R.V.  (6/1/2013)
93
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Charles Joguet 2010 Clos de la Dioterie Cabernet Franc (Chinon)

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With vineyards on the south bank of the Vienne river, facing Chinon, the Charles Joguet style is firm and tannic, with a need for aging. This wine is proof, big, structured, very firm and concentrated. Tannins dominate now, but the fruit is all there, a panoply of ripe blackberries, impressively rich and succulent. Age this wine for five years and more.  — R.V.  (6/1/2013)
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Jean-Maurice Raffault 2010 Clos d’Isoré Cabernet Franc (Chinon)

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  1. $24
A seven-acre vineyard surrounding an ancient castle, with vines planted in 1938. They give a densely concentrated and powerful wine, with wood and sweet, fleshy red fruits allied to delicious acidity. The whole structure promises long-term aging—give it five years or more.  — R.V.  (6/1/2013)
93
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Charles Joguet 2009 Clos de la Dioterie Cabernet Franc (Chinon)

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A beautiful wine, from a cool northeast-facing vineyard, this is rich, ripe and smoothly concentrated. It has ripeness, power, while retaining elegance. Expect to age this for six and more years.  — R.V.  (6/1/2011)
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Bernard Baudry 2005 Le Clos Guillot Cabernet Franc (Chinon)

One of Baudry’s top wines, Le Clos Guillot is made from ungrafted vines, which seems to give an extra intensity to the fruit, as well as power to the tannins. The fruit and the tannins are dense, solid, intense and complex. This is a ripe, spice- and red fruit-flavored wine, certainly a wine for aging—up to 10 years, maybe more.  — R.V.  (4/1/2007)
92
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Charles Joguet 2010 Clos du Chêne Vert Cabernet Franc (Chinon)

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Along with the other top cuvées in the Charles Joguet range, this is a fine an expression of Loire Cabernet Franc. It has all the perfumes, smoky character and intense black currant fruits. all concentrated into a tight, coiled tannic structure. It shows every sign of aging well, so drink after four years.  — R.V.  (6/1/2013)
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