Domaine Gouron Terroir 2010 Reserve Chinon

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Chinon is the appellation covering wines produced around the historic town of Chinon, in the central Loire Valley. This area has been producing wine for many centuries, and although wines of all three colors are made there, the focus is now very clearly on red wines. The typical, quintessential Chinon wine is tannic, leafy, berry-scented and made from the Cabernet Franc grape variety. Small quantities of crisp white Chenin Blanc wines are also made, but white and rosé wines account for just five percent of total production in the appellation, which reaches around 11,000,000 liters per year (2.9 million US gallons).


Chinon is the appellation covering wines produced around the historic town of Chinon, in the central Loire Valley. This area has been producing wine for many centuries, and although wines of all three colors are made there, the focus is now very clearly on red wines. The typical, quintessential Chinon wine is tannic, leafy, berry-scented and made from the Cabernet Franc grape variety. Small quantities of crisp white Chenin Blanc wines are also made, but white and rosé wines account for just five percent of total production in the appellation, which reaches around 11,000,000 liters per year (2.9 million US gallons).

Chinon covers 19 communes and 2300 hectares (5700 acres) and is located on the Vienne river (a tributary of the Loire), right at the western edge of the Touraine district and just a few miles from the easternmost vineyards of the adjacent district, Anjou. The strong focus on red wines separates Chinon and its neighbor Bourgueil somewhat from the rest of the Touraine. Because of this, the pair often get classed together with nearby Saumur (and particularly Saumur-Champigny) just across the district boundary in Anjou, being the only Loire winegrowing zones with any great emphasis on red wine.

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