2001 Prince Poniatowski Vouvray Clos Baudoin

SKU #1035782

In stark contrast to the 1990 the 2001 Clos Baudoin is dry and racy from a year that gave mostly Sec wines. This is live wire Chenin with a current of minerality that runs straight to the core of this bottling. With air this wine reveals green apple, quince, orange blossom and that limestone thing we love from Vouvray. This is the kind of wine that brings you to attention, snaps things into focus and enlivens the spirit, a wine to sharpen your dulled edges. Drink this wine now and over the next 15+ years with gusto. The Poniatowski family has farmed the Clos Baudoin since 1918, now like many before them they will pass it on. A few years ago the Prince Poniatowski sold his interests in Vouvray to up and comer Francois Chidaine of Montlouis and they are now completing the ownership change for good. We have enjoyed older wines held in the cellars of the Clos Baudoin that the Prince has been dolling out to his clients around the world but sadly the time have come for it all to end. What we are offering here are the very last wines to come from the Clos Baudoin during the Poniatowski period. We purchased all we could and I will be personally stashing some away to remember a bygone day. The wines have come directly from the cellars in Vouvray and are in pristine condition.

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.


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