As part of my CSW online webinar, the instructor added a tasting component. Our first wine was a Chinon. I chose the Le Pre’ Vaujour 2016 Chinon, which had 12.5% alcohol and cost around $14. Chinon hails from the central Loire in France.
The wine has a deep, brilliant Ruby-Garnet Color with very subtle legs
The aroma was clean and light with a nose of black fruit and licorice.
The palate was dry with low acidity and medium to high tannins and a light to medium body. Flavors such as black and red fruit and licorice were present.
The finish was short to medium coming in at around 22 seconds.
It would pair well with dark meats and some mild cheeses. I paired it with a creamy, mushroom beef stew and pasta.
This Chinon was exceptionally young and tasted much better the next day displaying earthier more complex notes. It definitely needed some aging.
Sue Schurgin is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours and is studying for her CSW and sommelier certificates.