Chinon

 

History of Chinon

Royal Fortress of Chinon, which is above the Vienne river, was an important place for many kings and princes, from Plantagenêt family's to Richelieu. In 1429, Charles VII met Jeanne D'Arc, come to convince to request the French Kingdom.

 

Native country of Rabelais, his stories are present in the architecture and landscape of Chinon, and it can be considered as a pilgrimage site, just as a most visited Renaissance site. 


 

The vineyard

  • Localisation

Designation area count 18 towns of Indre-et-Loire department, across by the Vienne river to the confluence with the Loire river.

 

  • Area

2364 hectares

 

  • Soils :

Alluvial terraces (old and recent) from banks of Vienne river, with gravelly soil and sand.

Slope and limestone hillock of Turonien (yellow tuffeau stone), located to banks of river axes. 

Plateau and clay hillock, with flint and sand (Senonien)

 

  • Climate :

Semi-oceanic climate

 

The wine

La production annuelle est de 96 500 hectolitres, ce qui représente environ 12 900 000 bouteilles.

 

On retrouve principalement du rouge (85% de la production), du rosé (13%)  et du blanc (2%).

 

Le rendement de base est de 55hl/ha, mais le rendement moyen est de 42hl/ha sur les 5 dernières années.

 

Les cépages utilisés pour le rouge et le rosé proviennent majoritairement du Cabernet Franc (ou Breton) ou du Cabernet Sauvignon. Le blanc est issu du Chenin.


 

Wine tasting

  • Sensory characteristics of red Chinon wine.

Red Chinon wine can be from light and pleasant wines to powerful and strong wines, you can find young and depp red wines or fruited and laying down wines.

 

They have in common fruit, freshness, acidity, light, flexible tannins, a form of air.

 

Color is intense purple, goes to cherry to dense violet. 

 

You can smell red berries ( strawberry, raspberry, cherry, redcurrant ...), goes to stewed dark fruits (blackberries, blackcurrants, prunes), sweet spicies (cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom ...) and game (leather, pelt ...)

 

In mouth, souple or full-bodied, thay appreciate a gourmet context, sophisticated or simple. 

 

To serve red Chinon wine, it depends on the age of the wine : between 14 or 15°C for young wines and between 16 or 17 °C for old wines. 

It is recommended to decanter red wine, to soften young wines and bloom old wines.

 

  • Sensory characteristics of rosé Chinon wine

Its color goes to pale salmon pink to intense pink. You can smell peach, lychee, rose, pomelo and red fruits. In mouth, it is souple and structured.

  • Les caractéristiques sensorielles du Chinon blanc
  • Sensory characteristics of white Chinon wine

White Chinon wine is very mineral (taffetas wine), with a pale gold color and with citrus fruit and floral smells, fresh and gourmet in mouth.

 

You can keep a wine between 2 and 5 years or 5 and 10 years, according to types of wine