La Varenne

Chinon Tradition – 2015

Region: France - Loire

La Varenne

The Gouron family has been producing wine for five generations at their estate in Cravant-les-Côteaux just east of the village of Chinon. Laurent and Stéphane Gouron tend the 72 acre La Varenne estate which is surrounded by forests. All of their vineyards are located within the Appellation of Chinon.

Grapes / Soils

Cabernet Franc Planted 1980 – 1995 Gravelly-sandy & sandy-limestone

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  • Throughout the year, great care is taken of the vines to obtain the best maturity and naturally low yields.
  • Cover crops between the rows, very short pruning and reduced foliage all combine to keep the vines and grapes in excellent health.
  • Vineyard: 28 ha (69.18 acres); 4 ha (9.88 acres) devoted to Cuvee Tradition.
Harvest Notes

Number of bottles produced:  12,000

Wine Summary
  • Made from Cabernet Franc grapes.
  • Vine age – planted 1980 – 1995.
  • Grown on soils of Gravelly-sandy & sandy-limestone.
  • Fermented in thermo-controlled stainless steel tanks.
  • Aged in thermo-regulated stainless steel tanks.
Technical Information
  • 100% de-stemmed
  • Aged in temperature controlled Stainless Steel tanks
  • Varietal composition:  100% Cabernet Franc
  • Alcohol:  13.0%


90 Points

This breezes along, with red currant and bitter cherry fruit flavors flecked with savory and bay leaf hints. The bright finish has a chalky minerality. Good energy lends the finish sneaky length. Drink now through 2022.

Wine Spectator, February, 2017

90 Points

From “Smart Buys” “Ultimate Guide to Value” issue

Wine Spectator, January, 2018

General Info

Country France
Region Loire Valley
Appellation(s) Chinon
Proprietors Laurent & and Stéphane Gouron
Founded 1906
Winemaker Stéphane Gouron
Annual Production 5,000 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable