Wine Spectator 90
"This is racy, with dark, roasted apple wood and olive aromas leading the way for tasty plum sauce, currant preserve and mulled black cherry fruit. A tobacco note smolders on the finish. Drink now through 2013."
John Gillman 88
"The 2009 Cuvee des Terroirs from Domaine Joguet is a lovely wine that will drink very well from the outset. These younger vines are now over twenty years of age and starting to really come into their own. The deep, ripe and classy nose offers up a fine blend of cassis, black cherries, tobacco smoke and a fine base of soil. On the palate the wine is fullish, forward and quite suave on the attack, with a succulent core of fruit, modest tannins, sound acids and very good length and grip on the wide open and very satisfying finish. The Cuvee des Terroirs is from the domaine's youngest vines and made to be drunk on the younger side and the 2009 will supply a lot of enjoyment over the first decade of its existence. 2012 - 2020 +."
Charles JoguetView all from Charles Joguet
The wines of Chinon have long been celebrated. French humanist and native son, François Rabelais, sang their praises as far back as the sixteenth century. However, the distinction with which the appellation is regarded today is due in part to the legacy left by a more contemporary icon: 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.