Les Varennes du Grand Clos is a vineyard located between the left bank of the Vienne and the Clos de la Dioterie. The rather flat vineyard is partly sandy-loamy, partly sandy-gravelly over limestone. Some of the vines were planted between 1962 and 1976, but some are 40 years older. The Cabernet Franc from Les Varennes du Grand Clos 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 most. Once 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.
Bright garnet red with a hint of brick red at the rim
The Les Varennes du Grand Clos appears elegant with lots of dark, but fresh and juicy fruit. Fresh foliage and some pyrazine, a little ink and liquorice as well as crushed lime show up.
On the palate, the Chinon a lively, vibrant fresh acidity with tannins that still seem blood young, but are already melting away in contrast to the 2019. The fruit is crisp and juicy, alternating between red and black berries with a little dark cherry. Everything is on the table and transparent. At the same time, the cabernet franc over a lot of power.
Food recommendations by Christoph Raffelt
- Bavette with Café de Paris butter and french fries
- Boudin Noir with glazed onions and apples on mashed potatoes
- Tart with Green Asparagus
Domaine Charles Joguet, La Dioterie, 37220 Sazilly, France. Organic certificate: FR-BIO-01