Chinon wine is one of the highlights of the Loire Valley
Chinon is an light, elegant red wine made in Touraine in the Loire Valley of northwestern France. It is based on the Cabernet Franc grape variety. Flavors include cassis, rasberry, and violets. Suggested food pairings include Shish Kabob (Lamb Kabobs), Roast Goose, and Sushi and Sushami (rich fish).
Chinon wine starts at about $15. One of the better producers is Charles Joguet whose regular Chinon wines go for a few dollars more. For example his Cuvée Terroir will run you about $19. It's a full-flavor, medium-body wine with lots of fruit. His Chinon Varennes du Grand Clos Franc de Pied in the low forties has plenty of blackberry and cassis with citrus, herbs, and flowers. It should evolve well over eight to ten years. Another option in the same price range is the Couly-Dutheil Chinon Clos de l'Echo Crescendo, a powerful wine with plenty of bramble, blackberry, cassis bush, tobacco, and dark olive paste. This wine will age well for several years.