Medium to medium deep ruby w slight bricking - Classic Loire CF nose - tobacco leaf, capsicum, mint, cedar boughs - smooth, tasty, but could actually use a bit more time! a little furry still on the finish - nice blackberry, herbal, rootsy flavours - so food friendly! v nice, better in 2-5 yrs
This was absolutely singing tonight. A dead ringer for a top-flight classically styled right bank Bordeaux. Voluptuous dark fruits flowing with cassis and herbal undertones that provide a cooling eucalyptus-like sensation on the palate. Chewy tannins fill out the great structure which just oozes across the palate and prop up the fruit.
I preferred this to the '99 VCC, '96 l'Evangile and '06 Gazin consumed in recent months. I frequently hear that Joguet has become a shell of what it once was. I wish I could have known those earlier days because I keep finding stellar bottles from the domain spanning recent vintages.
Not exactly shut down, but tightly coiled. Bouquet of black cherry and pencil shavings. Dense but not heavy on the palate. Medium high acidity, big tannins, intense concentration of dark fruit, strong minerality. Finishes long with menthol carrying through. Powerful warmer year Loire Cab Franc, I don't see why this shouldn't benefit from another 5+ years. Muscular, yet refined and elegant.
Gosh, I like this wine - so fragrant with spring fruit blossoms, and the fruit so clean and pure against the soil. Can't wait to see what's in store for it with some more bottle age. Literally, can't wait - have to stop my self from popping these.
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(Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie) Very dark purple red violet color; appealing, lavender, violets, roasted plum nose with lift; tasty, focused, tart black fruit, ripe currant, lavender palate with grip; needs 2 more years; medium-plus finish 92+ points
(Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie) A barrel sample. Despite this it shows lovely creaminess of fruit on the nose with a sweet character, but also a green and sharp edge which may resolve when this wine has fully undergone malolactic, which isn't the case at the moment. A firm core of tannin, in fact quite a bulk of it, but good acidity to match. Lovely substance and possibly really very good potential indeed here. May be a touch superior to the Chene Vert.
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