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Sauvion Les Roches Cachées Chinon 2016

This wine is textbook Chinon from the Loire Valley.  It has aromas of crisp red raspberries and strawberry, a medium body and a dry, high acid finish with a twist of tobacco.  A fresh and enjoyable style that is ready to drink now.  Rating: Good.  Price: $29. Abv: 12.5. Website: https://fr.sauvion.com/. Reviewed: May 2020.

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Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Granges 2015

Bernard Baudry’s “Les Granges” Chinon is a wine I have returned to over the years.  The 2015 vintage has aromas of leather and tobacco.  The palate is light to medium bodied with an elegant expression, if lacking in complexity.  Slightly disappointing, it seems a little dilute this year.  (Region: Chinon, Loire Valley, France, Rating: Acceptable to Good, Drink: now, Tasted: August, 2017, Source: Sample)

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bernardbaudry.com

Other vintages reviewed:

Vintage Rating Review
2012
Good
2009
Good
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Chateau de Coulaine Chinon 2015

Happily, producers such as Punt Road in the Yarra Valley are starting to produce delicious medium bodied cabernet franc styles without too much oak in the style of Chinon in the Loire Valley in France.  Both Chinon and these new wave Australian styles are still not easy however to find on Australian shores.  I spotted this Chinon wine locally from organic producer Chateau de Coulaine and it’s a delicious one.  All chalk, medium bodied and fresh finishing, it does what Chinon does well, namely providing for thirsty drinking.  (Region: Chinon, Loire Valley, France, Rating: Good, Would I buy it based on this tasting? Yes, Drink: now to 2022, Tasted: April, 2017)

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bonnaventure.wixsite.com/chateaudecoulaine

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Couly-Dutheil Les Gravières d’Amador Abbé de Turpenay Chinon 2009

Well, I concede that the name of this wine is the sort of thing that puts some off French wine.  It’s long, it’s complicated and, unless you know your regions, you still don’t know what’s inside the bottle!  But it’s a really good wine, it is in a style regrettably not seen in Australia and I certainly recommend it.  100% cabernet franc, it has typical Chinon aromatics of raspberry, supplemented with some reminders of tobacco and tea tree.  The palate is medium bodied, the aromatics carry through, and there’s some good length and balance too.  It’s ever so slightly, and appealingly, rustic.  A perfect food wine, although it is just fine without food too.

Rating: Good, Abv: 12.5%, Price: $20, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: n/a, Tasted: 2014

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Bernard Baudry Les Granges 2012

Oddly enough, sometimes it’s the wines I enjoy regularly that I forget to write about.  Chinon fills a certain spot for me, and the 2012 vintage of Bernard Baudry’s Les Granges doesn’t disappoint.  A medium intensity ruby in colour, it has aromatics that remind of raspberry, game, stems, deli meats and tobacco.  The palate has high acid, fine grained tannins that impart more mouthfeel with time in the glass, medium body and flavours of mostly raspberry, game and tobacco.  This is quite a compact and complex wine, with a medium length finish from a producer I regularly return to.  (Abv: 12%, Rating: Good, Tasted: Feb, 2014)