Sunday, August 21, 2011

"Clos du Chene Vert" Chinon Charles Joguet 2005

I would be remiss to not mention this wine. Interestingly, this wine is divergent from what I expect a Chinon to be--it is much more concentrated and bold than I expected--and yet at the same time, it's an archetypal example. Much more concentrated than the Cuvee Terroir (which is a blend of different vineyards), but still distinctively Chinon. If you hadn't figured it out yet, this is a single vineyard--Le Clos du Chene Vert. $30, and imported by Kermit Lynch (which really means that there was very little chance I wouldn't be into this wine). Initially, fairly funky, with tight, grippy tannins. After a couple of hours, this was all about tart pomegranate, mint, an epic finish tinged with stone and green pepper, and funk of a changing personality (think James Brown to Parliament to the Chili Peppers and then back again--quite the journey). Impeccable balance.Truly a magnificent wine. This is why I drink wine. It's been far too long since I had a bottle like this. I wish I had a couple more bottles. FWIW, The Cabfrancophile really liked this wine too, and found it similarly epic. One last thought: this is the Chinon that I would open for someone that says that they don't like Chinon because it's definitely way bigger than most Chinon. It reminded a lot of some of the Cab Francs that I've had from Washington. Regardless, I don't think you can understand Chinon as an appellation without trying this wine. If you can track this down on a wine list or in a store, it's well worth purchasing. 

3 comments:

Cabfrancophile said...

I've got about a case of this cuvee from '05. Definitely way more stuffing than entry level Chinon, but with typical tart red fruit, funk and green. Chinon turned up to 11 in a good way.

Reminds me I should try another bottle soon to see how it's evolving. The concentration and structure have me feeling good about drinking the majority from 2015 and on.

Jeff said...

Wow. A whole case. That's a good buy. This wine will get more interesting. It was still wound pretty tight but was starting to show some signs of unwinding.

I had a bottle of Baudry's 09 Les Grezeaux last night--I enjoyed that a lot as well. If you can find that anywhere, I think that's worth finding. It's less ebulliently fruity than the 07, and instead is all about rock, violet, and tart red fruit. Killer wine.

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