La Varenne

Chinon Les Pierres Blanches – 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

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
Chinon Les Pierres Blanches Cabernet Franc Planted 1965 Gravelly, silex-flinty limestone 4 ha

The Wine

Vineyard Profile
  •  Vineyards owned by the Gouron family in Cravat les Coteaux, Chinon AOP
  • 4 ha devoted to Les Pierres Blanches
  • Soils are silex-flinty hilltop, gravelly limestone
  • Vines 50 years old
  • Hillside caves extend several hundred meters under the estate
Harvest Notes
  • Green coverage crops in each row to promote soil health
  • Short pruning and leaf removal to lower yields naturally
  • Each parcel harvested and vinified separately to preserve characteristics of the terroir
  • Long fermentation in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks
  • Aged 12 months in concrete vats in hillside caves
Winemaker's Notes

Made from the warmest ever registered vintage: very hot and dry summer with rain at the perfect time in September to optimize maturity and deepness, this 2015 is a pure gem!

Round, ample and so impressively aromatic, a nose of cassis, blackcurrant, dark cherries and licorice. Harmonious, round and full palate with tons of potential, but remaining soft and delicate. Ends with menthol, dry fruits and soft spices. A deep and structured wine, with great length and complex aromas.

Wine Summary

100% Cabernet Franc; Alcohol: 13%; Soils are gravelly, silex-flinty limestone; Vine age – 50 years; long fermentation in stainless steel tanks; aged 1 year in concrete vats in underground cellars.

Technical Information
  • 100% Cabernet Franc grapes
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Harvest dates: 10/7  and 10/8/2019
  •  Vines 50 years old

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