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Founded in 1957, the domain’s objective is to highlight the Chinon terroirs (a combination of soil and microclimate), with a simple idea in mind: each wine is the expression of a particular terroir.

Charles Joquet studied painting and sculpture in Paris in 1949, but returned home after his father died. He worked the domain with his mother, Mrs. Joguet-Malécault (her initials are still found on the wines foil caps). After 40 years, Charles retired in 1997 and returned to painting and sculpture. Charles had planned for his retirement long before and had taken steps to ensure the preservation of his accomplishments by introducing 3 key people to the domain.

In 1983, Charles Joguet met Michel Pinard, who became his key man for everything concerning vines and vinification. After having refined his skills thanks to the teachings of Charles, Michel Pinard began overseeing all the vinifications in 1988. At the beginning of 2005, Michel Pinard turned over control to François-Xavier Barc.

In 1985, Jacques Genet joined the domain and became Charles Joguet’s partner. In addition to a couple of acres of vine on the lovely Monplaisir hillside, whose soil closely resembles that of Chêne Vert, Genet brought with him the land he owned in Beaumont-en-Véron. Finally, Alain Delaunay joined the domain in 1986. and soon became the mainstay of client relations and commercial activities for the domain.

Charles Joguet Chinon Les Varennes du Grand Clos Franc de Pied 2005
100% Cabernet Franc from a one hectare plot of ungrafted vines in the vineyard. The Varennes Franc de Pied is only produced in the vintages we deem truly worthy of bearing the label reserve — and 2005 certainly qualifies as a great vintage.

Dark and dense ruby color. Aromatics of red fruit, violet and  green vegetables with lots of pine and a little clove. On the palate, bright cherry and plum with earth, tobacco and chalky graphite. Great balance and depth. Impressive purity of fruit with a velvety texture and excellent tannic structure. 13.5% alcohol. The Joguet website indicates that this should show well from 20008-2009, but this certainly has a good number of years left in the bottle and seems like its best years are yet to come. Recommended.

The wine retails for about $40 a bottle. I was able to find it at Wine Exchange for $27 a bottle.

Charles Joguet Chinon Petites Roches 2002
This is 100% Cabernet Franc, a jeunes vignes cuvée using only free-run wine, the press wine going into Joguet’s Cuvée Terroir. I bought this bottle a 4-5 years ago. I was a little worried that it might have already hit its prime, but actually thought is showed extremely well. Light ruby in color — a little bit of brown starting to be introduced. On the nose, sour cherry with some vegetable, earth and a little funk (think dirty socks). On the palate, tart and tangy cherry and cranberry with green vegetables, wild game, black olive and herbs. Good acidity and finish with some grip and minerality. This has held up pretty well — a really nice bottle of Cabernet Franc for about $18 a bottle. 12.5% alcohol.

The wines are imported by Kermit Lynch. Lynch is currently offering a 6-bottle Joguet sampler that would be a great introduction to his wines.

More recommended Cabernet Franc
Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrières 2005
Catherine & Pierre Breton Chinon Beaumont 2004 (the 05 is even better — see LA Times pick of the week)
Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Nuits d’Ivresse, 2004
Baudry Le Clos Guillot Chinon 2005

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