Bernard Baudry New Releases

Bernard Baudry is the reference point for brilliant, traditionally styled Chinon. This organic estate’s stripped back approach to winemaking yields deep and expressive renditions of cabernet franc. Their single site offerings are among the most compelling you will find, showcasing their sites with remarkably lucidity and plenty of personality. While their bistro styled offerings are perfectly proportioned and brimming with the joie de vivre that makes wines in this space so thoroughly enjoyable.

The latter are the Les Granges and Chinon Rose. Les Granges has a beautifully floral nose filled with violets, a juicy palate packed with ripe blackberry, enlivening acidity and a lovely lick of raspy tannin. The rose is especially elegant this year, it’s crisp and fresh, full of early season stone fruit, a waft of herbs and a pithy, bitter finish. Essential Spring drinking right here.

Then we come to the single site wines, which are the real heart and soul of the estate.The Baudry’s holdings encompass a real microcosm of the region’s varied terroirs and they do an brilliant job of showcasing each of them through one of the best line ups of single site Cabernet Franc you are likely to find anywhere.

Le Domaine comes from a collection of higher sites which lie on a plateau above Chinon’s most prized vineyards. The vines are a touch older here and deliver a wine that’s fleshier and richer than Les Granges with plenty of the region’s trademark meaty, earthy characters.

Les Grezeaux is drawn from the estate’s oldest vines, between 40 to 60 years old, planted on a gravely terroir over limestone and clay on the Sonnay plateau. It’s  a deep and dense with a lovely silky texture.

Clos Guillot is a southeast-facing vineyard with soils of clay, chalk and ‘yellow limestone’ (known locally as tuffeau). This is the most elegant and pure wine of the single site offerings and one that often attracts Burgundian comparisons.

Lastly is the revered Croix Boisée, a lieu dit which sits about the Baudry’s cellars in Cravant-les-Coteaux. This is the Baudry’s top cuvee and comes from a parcel of 30 to 50 year old vines in chalky, white limestone soils. It’s a mineral charged, aromatically intense wine that is built to cellar.

This is a superb lineup of wines from one of the very best producers in Chinon and today they are more focused than ever before. Add the single sites to your cellar and dive into the bistro offerings at every opportunity. The red wines of he Loire fly under the radar here in Australia, but wines such as these deserve your attention.

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