The Clos de la Dioterie is the domaine's most famous vineyard. It was already mentioned in the Middle Ages, when it still had a complete enclosure, and it is located not far from the Vienne directly at the winery. The rather flat vineyard is characterised by clay in the topsoil and lime and mica in the subsoil. The vines are 90 to 100 years old. The Cabernet Franc receives a cool pre-fermentation at 10 °C for ten days. The maceration in wooden vats lasts about four weeks at temperatures of 21 °C at the most. As soon as the alcoholic fermentation is complete, the blending of the pre-fermentation wines and the best pressed wines for the malolactic fermentation takes place. The French oak barrels are partially renewed each year, so that about one fifth of the barrels are new and one to four years old. The vintages then mature for 15 to 16 months in wood, another six months in tank for harmonisation, and are then bottled.
slightly transparent garnet red with a very light brick red rim
Here, from the first impression in the glass, one can also infer the fragrance of the wine; for this is just as transparent as the colour. The 2016 Clos de la Dioterie is a subtle, ethereal wine with notes of mint and chalk, best wood as well as herbs and a little cassis. It is beautifully clear and unadulterated, balsamic and ethereal at the same time. A dream.
On the palate the Chinon Clarity and subtlety with a slightly green but ripe pepper note in combination with red and here also a lot of dark blue fruit as well as slightly earthy notes. Ethereally floating and yet rooted, the Clos de la Dioterie fantastically balanced, but is only at the beginning of its drinking maturity.
Food recommendations by Christoph Raffelt
- Peking duck
- shepherd's pie
- Roasted salmon and beetroot with herb vinaigrette
Domaine Charles Joguet, La Dioterie, 37220 Sazilly, France. Organic certificate: FR-BIO-01