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March 20, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm| ONGOING
MidWeek Magnum – 2015 Charles Joguet Chinon Dioterie$16/glass
Every Wednesday Taste Wine Bar & Kitchen hosts Midweek Magnums.
This week’s magnum: 2015 Charles Joguet Chinon Dioterie
The wines of Chinon have long been celebrated since as far back as the 16th century. However, the distinction with which the appellation is regarded today is due in part to the legacy left by a more contemporary icon: Charles Joguet. Joguet was a young painter and sculptor who abandoned a budding art career to assume direction of his family domaine in 1957. He questioned the common practice of selling grapes to negociants, as his own family had done for years. Variations in the soils of these alluvial plains were substantial enough to realize that he was sitting on what would be considered in other regions as premier cru and grand cru vineyards, and he thought to sell the grapes off or to vinify these individualized plots together would have been madness. Over the course of his tenure, Charles took the risks necessary to master the single-vineyard bottling with an artistry that A.O.C. Chinon had never before seen. In so doing, he realized the true potential of the land.
Charles is now retired, but Kevin Fontaine has taken over in the tradition of Charles (who still lives on the property) and bottles nine different cuvées, handling each one as a unique terroir and microclimate with individualized care and attention. That ethic trickles into the cellars as well, where careful deliberation and experimentation bring about gradual change.
Today’s magnum is the Clos de la Dioterie, which is one of his greatest and certainly of grand cru quality. The purity of fruit, the exceptional delineation of aromas and flavors, the soulful reflection of terroirs, and the extraordinary seductiveness of the texture make the wines from Joguet second to none. Come see (& taste) for yourself!