- 1997 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos du Chêne Vert - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon (3/27/2006)
Somewhat developed colour. The nose is great: shit. Barnfuls of it. Yet it is just the sort of Brett which doesn't mask all the other characteristics of the terroir and the grape: this is leafy, cassis scented, savoury fruited, mineral even, but refined rather than rustic - as Chinon as can be. The warm year is more evident on the palate with the sweet fruit and fairly low acidity. It is pleasantly herbal/green as Cab F should be, still a touch tannic, and though the acidity is lower than I would like, it is noticable and keeps the wine fresh. The aftertaste is mineral and savoury/bitter in the way that only Cab F can be. Lovely. Though a cooler year would be even better!
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