La Varenne Tradition Chinon 2018 - 750ml

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90pts Wine Enthusiast

The intense smokiness of this wine is balanced by perfumed red fruits that come through the ripe tannins. Acidity and a light touch of structure allow the wine to keep freshness and accessibility for the short term, Drink the wine from 2020. ROGER VOSS

Wine Spectator

A light style, featuring firm, medium tannins that lend support to roasted plum and tobacco notes. Shows good vibrancy, with spicy mineral hints on the finish. Drink now through 2023. 8,335 cases made, 850 cases imported. — AZ

Winemaker Notes

Intense smokiness of the wine is balanced by perfumed red fruits that come through the ripe tannins. Acidity and a light touch of structure allow the wine to keep freshness and accessibility for the short term.

Pair with roast chicken thighs, French onion soup and simply by itself.

 

The Gouron family has been producing wine for five generations at their estate in Cravant-les-Côteaux just east of the village of Chinon. Laurent and Stéphane Gouron tend the 72 acre La Varenne estate which is surrounded by forests. All of their vineyards are located within the Appellation of Chinon.