Charles Joguet Les Varennes Du Grand Clos

$ 34.99 $ 49.99

I found myself reading Kermit Lynch's classic wine book "Adventures on the Wine Route" for the third time recently, simply because it is a great combination of travel writing, wine info and background on how the man build arguably the best wine importing company in the world.  Mr. Lynch was talking about his travels in the Loire Valley of France and how he met Charles Joguet and how his Chinon wines stood out so far above the rest of his contemporaries.  I thought to myself I need to track down a bottle of Joguet's wine, mind you the book was written more than 25 years ago, so I wasn't sure if we would even have access in Maine to his wines.  The next day I happened to get an email from a local distributor of their closeout wines, and there was a 2010 Chinon from Joguet, the Les Varennes du Grand Clos, one of his 9 different single vineyard cuvees, so we nabbed the case.

Chinon, being made of Cabernet Franc, has immense aging potential.  While Joguet says this particular wine is ready to go in 4 years to drink, the aging potential listed by the winery is 10 years plus.  If premier crus were permitted in Chinon, Les Varennes du Grand Clos would certainly be considered one of them.  Les Varennes du Gand Clos is situated at the foot of the gravelly terrace formed, in part, by the erosion of the limestone slope and is filled with vines planed 55-60 years ago.  Often the Chinon's we see are light in body and full of green pepper notes.  This is a Chinon of another world, here's what Wine Enthusiast had to say: "An elegant, perfumed wine, showing great structure behind the rich mint and juicy black currant flavors. The wine has fine concentration and aging potential. It is accessible now, as with many Chinons, but equally this is a serious, dense wine for aging".  

We sampled the wine today and it is drinking beautifully.  Normally a $50 bottle, we have 11 bottles available at $34.99.  This vintage received 92 Points Wine Spectator and 91 Points Wine Enthusiast.