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2012 Chinon “Le Clos Guillot”

Bernard Baudry

2012 Chinon “Le Clos Guillot” Bernard Baudry - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Move over, Rover, and let this beast of a Chinon take over. If you want to work this trio of Loire wines into a meal, follow this order: 1) Open this Baudry Chinon and let it breathe deeply. Decanting can’t hurt. 2) Sip and wonder on the Savennières as you prep or get the show started. 3) Throw a good dose of the Bretons’ Beaumont down the gullets to keep the crowd jolly. 4) Whip out the Baudry when your pièce de résistance makes it to your table. Its rich black fruit and dense chew will work wonders with your wintry stew. –Dixon Brooke

Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Chinon
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Bernard Baudry
Winemaker: Matthieu & Bernard Baudry
Vineyard: 15 years, 4 ha
Soil: Sand, Limestone
Aging: Aged for twelve months in barrel; not fined or filtered
Farming: Organic
Alcohol: 12.5%

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About Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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There is so much contained in a glass of good wine, It is a gift of nature that tastes of man's foibles, his sense of the beautiful, his idealism and virtuosity.

Adventures on the Wine Route, pages 232


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