Bernard Baudry Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" Loire, France, 2016 through Merchant of Wine.

Bernard Baudry Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" Loire, France, 2016 (ORGANIC)

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About The Producer
Bernard Baudry is unquestionably one of Chinon’s most outstanding producers. Not only does he have the talent to make delicious and consistent wines, vintage to vintage, but he is also fortunate to have vineyard land that showcases the varied soil types of the appellation. After completing his viticultural studies in Beaune, Bernard returned to the Loire Valley and purchased his first two hectares of land in Cravant-les-Coteaux, a village from which almost half of the production of A.O.C. Chinon is sourced. Over the years, the domaine has grown to 25 hectares and Bernard’s son, Matthieu, has joined the family domaine. The Baudrys are staunch traditionalists, and you would have a hard time finding a Chinon more classic than theirs.

• Organic viticulture
• South, south-east exposure hillside vineyard
• Fermentation lasts 15 days in cement and wood tank
• Aged 12 months in 2 to 5 years old barrels, then 9 months in cement tanks
• Unfiltered

Grape / Blend
Cabernet Franc

Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Here's the image it conjures up: a long hike on the forest, where you have found chanterelle mushrooms that you saute to accompany a roasted guinea hen. The combination of mushroom, bird, and Chinon is restorative.

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Wood aging in older barrels has given this rich wine its smooth patina and generous tannins. The fresh red-berry fruit is all there along with acidity, but the depth and balance of this single-vineyard wine give it such sophistication.

92 Points - Wine Spectator
This shows beautiful harmony between the rustic herbal and mineral elements and ripe dark berry fruit. Medium-bodied and velvety in texture, this glides smoothly across the palate, leaving a complex impression and inviting you back for another sip. Drink now through 2027. 240 cases imported

92 Points - Vinous
Same aging and vinification as the 2017, but this is even fruiter, with more oak influence. More floral than savory, and purple in all ways: purple color, purple flowers, purple fruit. In the mouth, there’s black cherry and plum and big, wild acidity, almost white-wine-like acidity, and a cool, fresh finish. Should be interesting to see how this has developed in a year or two.

Product size: 750ml

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