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Saturday, 3 September 2016

Appellation Chinon expansion now official

Château de Petit Thouars
– one of the best known of the producers joining Chinon

Jean-Martin Dutour
(Baudry-Dutour + President of the Chinon producers' syndicat


Good news for the eight communes to the west of Appellation Chinon and on the south side of the River Vienne – they are now officially part of the appellation. 2016 will be the first vintage when they can use the Chinon classification.

It was back on 15th March 2012 that the Chinon producers accepted the request of these eight communes: Brizay, Candes-Saint-Martin, Chinais, Couziers, Lerne, Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, Seuilly and Thizay. 

Most if not all of these eight communes could have been included in the Chinon appellation in 1937 but chose not to accept apparently because of worries that their taxes might have been higher. 

The idiotic reform of AC Touraine that will ban 100% Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc, which are the varieties of choice for producers in these eight communes, pushed them to request them to seek promotion into the Chinon appellation.    


Vin : l'AOC chinon voit les choses en plus grand
La Nouvelle République 3.9.2016

'L’élargissement de l’aire d’appellation d’origine contrôlée a été officiellement validée vendredi. Vingt-six communes peuvent désormais produire du chinon.

Huit communes supplémentaires produiront du chinon dès le millésime 2016. La nouvelle a été officialisée vendredi, par le bulletin officiel du ministère de l'Agriculture.

La conclusion de quatre ans de travail et d'attente qui scelle l'entrée de Candes-Saint-Martin, Couziers, Saint-Germain-sur-Vienne, Lerné, Thizay, Cinais, Seuilly et Brizay au sein de l'AOC chinon. Une appellation désormais constituée de vingt-six communes pour près de 6.900 hectares de vignoble.'

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