Overlooking the Vienne river, the Royal Fortress of Chinon was a favorite resting place of the royalty. In 1429, Joan of Arc went there to convince King Charles VII to reconquer France. Chinon is also the native city of François Rabelais, the famous writer from the 16th century.
Chinon AOC, created in 1937 and modified in 2016, covers 2,330 hectares and 26 villages located on both Vienne banks up to its confluence with the Loire river. With their East-West orientation, the Chinon hillsides benefit from a very sunny southern exposure and an oceanic climate.
Three main types of soil: alluvial terraces (ancient and recent) of the Vienne banks, made of gravel and sand; limestone slopes and hilltops (Turonian yellow tuffeau), located on the edge of the river axes; and the mounds and plateaus essentially composed of siliceous clay and sand.
Our Chinon wines, made from 100% Cabernet Franc, have an intense cherry to purple color, evolving to brown hues with crimson reflections. They can either be light-bodied and subtle, very aromatic (red fruits aromas), enjoyable in their youth, or full-bodied and structured wines, displaying complex aromas of stewed black fruits and sweet spices.