From Bourgueil, it’s a quick dash to Chinon, where the sandy gravel soil gives a powerful, virile element to the berry fruit palate. The Cabernet Franc earthiness is here, like a breath of mossy forest floor, without the funk. Bernard’s son Mathieu tells us the Grézeaux vineyard does particularly well after a sunny late season, such as the one they had in 2014. A bit of that sun manifests itself in the glass, rounding out the already supple tannins.
|Winemaker:||Matthieu & Bernard Baudry|
|Vineyard:||65 years, 3 ha|
|Aging:||Aged for twelve months in barrel and are not fined or filtered|
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.
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
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