The historic town of Chinon is home to one of the Loire Valley’s most celebrated Cabernet Franc wines.
Chinon has three main soil types: alluvial silt terraces made out of gravel and sand along the banks of the Vienne, Turonian chalk outcrops also along the river and flinty Senonian clay and sand outcrops. The sand and gravel soils on the river’s flood plains produce light, elegant wines for early drinking. The clay and tuffeau limestone soil of the hillsides produces fuller-bodied wines meant for long aging.
With a maritime/oceanic climate, the vineyards planted on slopes running east-west benefit from ample sunshine.
Red Chinon: almost exclusively Cabernet Franc; up to 10% Cabernet Sauvignon permitted in blend.
White Chinon: Chenin Blanc.
Red Chinon is enormously flexible and pairs well with white meats, braised beef and mushroom-based dishes.
White Chinon are excellent companions for charcuterie, grilled fish and quiche.