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Chinon wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Chinon is a wine appellation in the Loire Valley region of France based on the town of Chinon with its massive castle.
The appellation stretches along both banks of the Vienne close to its confluence with the Loire and comprises over 2000 hectares of vines.
It is well known for producing some interesting red wines based on the Cabernet Franc grape with a little Cabernet Sauvignon permitted (10%). White wines based on Chenin Blanc is also permitted and a rose is allowed. Some of the white wines produced here are fabulous.
The reds flourish on the prized limestone slopes of the area although good wines are also produced in the heavy clay soils along the plains bordering the Vienne River as well. One of the factors influencing the wines here is the mild climate.
The village of Chinon and some interesting information about the wine appellation are included in the book entitled The most beautiful Wine Villages of France which you can order from by clicking on the link below.
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