Charles Joguet was one of the trailblazers of Chinon. Back during the 19850s, Charles began to question why the common practice for vineyards in the area was to sell all of their grapes to negociants, rather than produce wine themselves.
He began to craft his own wines, with the philosophy that separate vineyards deserved separate vinification - an idea not commonly practised at the time. Over the course of his tenure, Charles took the risks necessary to master the single-vineyard bottling with an artistry that A.O.C. Chinon had never before seen. In so doing, he realised the true potential of the land.
Charles has since retired, but today the vineyards and cellars are overseen by the talented Kevin Fontaine. The Domaine bottles nine different cuvees, handling each one as a unique terroir.
Wines like the Silenes come from two separate plots, blended together. It's designed to be consumed young, bursting with freshness and verve. The purity of fruit, the exceptional delineation of aromas and flavors, the soulful reflection of terroirs, and the extraordinary seductiveness of the texture make the wines from Joguet second to none.
This cuvée is made with grapes from the vines of Beaumont-en-Véron, to which we add a combination of press and free-run juice from the alluvial soil of the left bank of the Vienne. This particular blend lends this wine its harmony and balance.
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 summer enjoyment!
Philosopher, poet, sculptor and vigneron, Charles Joguet is a living legend in the Loire and for many years produced the finest wines in Chinon. French humanist and native son, François Rabelais, sang their praises as far back as the sixteenth century. Therefore it is fitting that the wry smile of Chinon`s most famous son, François Rabelais, should adorn his bottles. The Joguets owned prime vineyard land in between the Loire and Vienne Rivers, with some of their finest found on the left bank of the Vienne, just outside Chinon, in Sazilly. These very lieux-dits had been recognized for their character and defined before the Renaissance—some even date back to the Middle Ages. Variations in the soils of these alluvial plains were substantial enough to realize that he was sitting on what would be considered in other regions as premier cru and grand cru vineyards. To sell the grapes off or to vinify these individualized plots together would have been madness. Separate terroirs, he believed, necessitate separate vinifications. Over the course of his tenure, Charles took the risks necessary to master the single-vineyard bottling with an artistry that A.O.C. Chinon had never before seen. In so doing, he realized the true potential of the land. The wines are divided into two lines: precocious cuvées and those for long-aging. Precocious cuvées, like the “Cuvée Terroir” and “Les Petites Roches” (Little Rocks), are made to be consumed young. If premier crus were permitted in Chinon, Les Varennes du Grand Clos would certainly be considered one of them. Clos du Chêne Vert and Clos de la Dioterie are perhaps their greatest wines—certainly of grand cru quality—with excellent aging potential. Those who are convinced that the best Cabernet Franc grows in Bordeaux may quickly transfer their allegiance to the Loire upon tasting these classic, appellation-defining Chinons. The purity of fruit, the exceptional delineation of aromas and flavors, the soulful reflection of terroirs, and the extraordinary seductiveness of the texture make the wines from Joguet second to none. Based on the left bank of the River Vienne in Sazily, Joguet was the first vigneron in the region to produce single vineyard cuvées. The top cuvée is the Clos de la Dioterie, which is the product of 80-year old Cabernet Franc vines and displays an intensity and concentration of fruit that is unrivalled in the region. Charles Joguet has now retired and this illustrious domaine is now in the capable hands of Alain Delauney and Michel Pinard.