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Cabernet franc reacts differently to the various soils within the Chinon appellation, giving wines that range from light and fruity to seriously fullbodied, tannic, and capable of long aging. The Baudrys farm their vineyards organically and ferment this wine in cement and wood tanks, then age it for one year in used oak barrels. The wine is then racked back into cement tanks, where it rests an additional nine months before an unfiltered bottling. It is a powerful expression of Chinon, with beautifully refined aromas of forest fruit and spice. While its elegance makes it approachable today, it will easily age and improve for ten or fifteen years in a good cellar.
Le Clos Guillot sits on a slope with south/southeast exposure, favorable to good ripening each year in this cool-climate northern region. The soil of clay over yellow tuffeau—a local type of limestone that is porous and almost chalky in texture—retains just the right amount of water to sustain the vines during times of drought but drains well enough to avoid oversaturation in wetter periods. Loire tuffeau is valued, for it produces wines with very fine, chalky tannins, giving reds like this an important structural element without seeming overpowering or aggressive. Chinons grown in tuffeau are also renowned for their exceptional aging potential—don’t hesitate to tuck this one away.
|Winemaker:||Matthieu & Bernard Baudry|
|Vineyard:||15 years, 4 ha|
|Aging:||Aged for twelve months in barrel; not fined or filtered|
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!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117