The 2005 Franc de Pied version of this wine is easily the best Chinon that I have ever had. Stop. I know you are thinking, what about Rougeard. Well, that is Saumur-Champigny. This is Chinon. But, they are comparable. Sadly, this Joguet FDP succumbed to the louse after 2007, it is now unicorn.
Tonight I am drinking the regular Les Varennes, not the Franc de Pied. It was supposed to be the FDP. That’s what I ordered, that is what I paid for, but this is what I got. LOL. The retailer’s shipping department sent some sad unsuspecting soul my FDPs, and me, this. But that is ok, mistakes are human nature.
This wine, however, remains sensational.
Firstly, will the 2005 Joguet ever be totally ready? I think the FDP was, but the Diotierie, Chene Vert, and now this, still need time. This wine remains quite youthful. And powerful. Big structure and tannins.
It is also archetype Chinon. After about an hour in the decanter, quite the aromatic display of brambly red fruits, tobacco leaf and ash, bell pepper and sois bous. Hint of a minty top note. Big palate feel. Meaty, chewy, tannic, lifted acidic structure. Also has the fruit to carry off this structure, solid range of the spectrum from tangy reds even to some brambly blacks. Raspberry purée. An earthy feel, like the river banks of the Loire are flowing in your mouth. And it’s grainy as well. This is not an elegant wine. This is something I suspect that the Plantagenets would have made.
On release, this wine was like $25 or less. The FDP was $25. I bought a lot, but clearly, not enough. These are wines that I should have bought in the multiple case lot. Chase them down. If you see one, buy it. Thank me later.