2009 Charles Joguet "Les Varennes du Grand Clos" Chinon

SKU #1113000 94 points Wine & Spirits

 This vineyard, at the gravelly base of a limestone slope, sits on the left bank of the Vienne River; the vines date from 1962 through 1975. If you open the wine now, give it plenty of time in a decanter to evolve past its oak; what slowly emerges is a scent of persimmon, of strawberries and meaty spice, along with a riper note of figs and black cherries. It builds into something juicy, luscious and beautiful, as it will in the cellar.  (4/2012)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a lovely, ripe wine, its plum character very evident. It has a cool character as well, the acidity pushing through. Aged in wood (not new), the wine has a polished feel on the finish.  (6/2011)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Richly layered, with smoldering tobacco and charcoal notes weaving through steeped blackberry, currant paste and mulled cherry fruit flavors. A charcoal edge hangs through the finish, lending a firm feel. Best from 2013 through 2018.  (10/2012)

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Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2013 | Send Email
This wine could rival some of the very best cabernet sauvignon-based wines in our store. The richness and ripeness of the 2009 vintage are on full display with this Joguet Chinon. Lots of lush fruit, a judicious amount of oak, but the peppery notes are more subtle and restrained. This is the type of Cab Franc that has HUGE crossover appeal. A fantastic bottle for that steak dinner you're going to that will wow your friends.

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Cabernet Franc

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