Chinon, Touraine

Domaine de Noire

Chinon Soif de Tendresse Cabernet Franc 2020

Wow! Great vintage, pop and pour. Fresh red fruits with a mouth coating mid and a balanced finish. This hits all marks! NBI — 5 days ago

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Olga Raffault

La Singuliere Chinon Cabernet Franc 2012

Delectable Wine
9.2

A selection from the Picasse vineyard, the 2012 Chinon La Singulière has greater oak influence than the Picasse cuvée, being aged for two years in 600-liter foudres. The nose is focused and fine with brooding characters. It expands beautifully in the mouth, offering plenty of substance without verging on heaviness. There are no angles to this wine, but plentiful tannins provide power on the finish. There's a slight element of dryness, potentially derived from the fermentation and extended maturation in oak. Scented and smoky on the finish, with black cherry flavors lingering long. This needs food but can be enjoyed now for its spicy, savory nature. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, October 2021)
— 13 days ago

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Chinon Cabernet Franc Rosé 2020

Delectable Wine
9.2

The 2020 Chinon Rosé is a very pure, dry, mid-weight that offers delicate raspberry notes, but this is as much about structure as it is about fruit. The flint soils contribute a slight phenolic texture and length to the finish. A serious food rosé, made with a blend of 50% flint and 50% alluvial soils, and hand-harvested and gently pressed. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, October 2021)
— 12 days ago

Olga Raffault

Chinon Cabernet Franc 2018

another great Raffault, would love to see this is 3-4 years. Buy by the case wine to lay some down — 11 days ago

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Les Grézeaux Chinon Cabernet Franc 2019

Delectable Wine
9.3

Sourced from a single vineyard located at the bottom of Chinon's slope on alluvial/clay soils, the 2019 Chinon Les Grézeaux is currently a bit shy in terms of revealing its fruit flavors. It’s also a hint reductive with its smoky bacon characters, but that's unimportant. What matters is the core of fruit and excellent focus. It's very relaxed and fluid with mouthwatering acidity. The tannins are more serious than the front and midpalate would have suggested and betray a little grittiness. Aged 15 months in cement, this could be opened in one to two years, but the concentration and structure offer drinking over a decade. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, October 2021)
— 12 days ago

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Le Clos Guillot Chinon Cabernet Franc 2018

Delectable Wine
9.7

The 2018 Chinon Clos Guillot is a rich, focused powerhouse that's firm and direct, with dark blackberries and smoky notes. If we lived in an ideal world, this would be aged before releasing, as it's ripe yet tight and tannic, with the limestone soils providing grip along the sides of the mouth and a sense of direction. Lengthy, serious and complex, leaving the mouth full of dark berry fruit, spice and tea leaves. A baby. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, October 2021)
— 13 days ago

Olga Raffault

Les Picasses Chinon Cabernet Franc 2015

Classic Raffault. Always a good value on a list. Good pairing with the steak au poivre at Raouls. — 20 days ago

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Domaine Bernard Baudry

La Croix Boissée Chinon Cabernet Franc 2017

Delectable Wine
9.5

La Croix Boissée is a vineyard that slopes up from the valley floor to the Chinon plateau close to Baudry's domaine. The result in the 2017 Chinon is a mid-weight, elegant style offering dried herbs and smoked bacon – it's a hint reduction that needs air. The finish is much more powerful than anticipated; there's no shortage of tannins here, but they have the finest of powdery textures, making you lick the inside of your mouth (that's the limestone of Croix Boissée that you see year after year). The lengthy finish is infused with spices – expect a hint of herbs, tea leaf and smoke. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, October 2021)
— 12 days ago

Domaine Bernard Baudry

La Croix Boissée Chinon Blanc Chenin Blanc 2018

Delectable Wine
9.6

The ripeness of the 2018 vintage gives an almost Syrah/Viognier character to the Chinon La Croix Boissée, which offers sweet black fruit and a creamy apricot note. Sumptuous yet never ever opulent, it's almost as if the wine's just done a yoga class. Plentiful tannins give the inside of your cheeks a chalky rub, while there's surprising freshness considering the ripeness, leading to a lengthy finish. This is a baby that will turn out to be a great adult. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, October 2021)
— 13 days ago

Château du Petit Thouars

Les Georges Chinon Cabernet Franc 2019

Delectable Wine
8.9

The 2019 Chinon Les Georges is a savory Cabernet Franc with masses of spice and smoky nuances alongside violets and red fruit. Savory and serious Old World tannins offer a chalky grip on the sappy, fresh finish. Drink now with food or over the medium term. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, October 2021)
— 12 days ago