Charles Joguet Les Varennes du Grand Clos


for the equivalent of £46.50 a bottle

Grower: Charles Joguet
Grape Variety: Cabernet Franc
Style: Fruity and Complex
Country: France
Appellation: Loire
Vintage: 2016/17
Closure: CORK
Alcohol: 13.5% ABV
Bottle Size: 75cl

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Garnet red in colour with purplish hues. The bouquet is delicate, with aromas of musk and sandalwood that accompany plentiful red and black berry fruits. The palate is lively and persistent, complex with depth, voluptuous, vibrant with ample silky tannins on the finish.

Charles Joguet. This young painter and sculptor abandoned a budding art career to assume direction of the family Domaine in 1957. He soon began to question the common practice of selling grapes to negociants, as his own family had done for years. The Joguets owned prime vineyard land in between the Loire and Vienne Rivers, with some of their finest found on the left bank of the Vienne, just outside Chinon, in Sazilly. These very lieux-dits had been recognized for their character and defined before the Renaissance—some even date back to the Middle Ages. Variations in the soils of these alluvial plains were substantial enough to realize that he was sitting on what would be considered in other regions as Premier Cru and Grand Cru vineyards. To sell the grapes off or to vinify these individualized plots together would have been madness. Separate terroirs, he believed, necessitate separate vinifications. Over the course of his tenure, Charles took the risks necessary to master the single-vineyard bottling with an artistry that A.O.C. Chinon had never before seen. In so doing, he realized the true potential of the land.



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