Wines to Seek Out
Charles Joguet is one of the Loire Valley's most influential wineries — and a rare case where the wines live up to the hype. In total, there are eight different Cabernet Franc wines and two Chenin Blanc wines from Touraine.
Charles Joguet “Cuvée Terroir” Chinon
This wine blends together grapes from the Beaumont-en-Véron vineyard with several other Chinon vineyards, creating a cuvée that bursts with juicy red fruits and momentous acidity. It is a versatile, palate-cleansing red to pair with nearly any weeknight meal, and the natural starting point if you are new to this producer.
Charles Joguet “Les Varennes du Grand Clos” Chinon
The complexity increases significantly as you explore the single-vineyard wines. Les Varennes du Grand Clos leans more towards Bordeaux with its muscular body, savory complexion and delicate balance between leather and iris aromas.
Charles Joguet “Clos du Chêne Vert” Chinon
This wine relies on grapes from one of Chinon's very best vineyards, which Charles Joguet owns outright. This exquisite wine is built for aging, as in its youth the aromas and flavors are packed densely together, and the tannins are a bit ferocious. Be sure to decant for an hour or two: what emerges with just a little air is gorgeous.
Charles Joguet “Clos de la Dioterie” Chinon
Charles Joguet’s most monumental wine — a textbook example of why old vines are worth the effort despite their low yields of fruit. Planted in the 1930s and '40s, Clos de la Dioterie yields a nearly mystical wine that is part flower patch, part wild animal. All at once it conjures thoughts of black raspberries, ripe plums, musk, peppercorns and — on the finish — a light touch of pepper jelly that strangely gives the wine a little spice. One of my favorite red wines in all of France.