2009 Bernard Baudry "Les Granges" Chinon

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91 points Wine Spectator: "This dense red delivers succulent plum and cherry flesh joined by taut plum skin and briar flavors. This shows plenty of stuffing through the finish, with dark tobacco and tapenade notes, all offset by a brisk, chalk edge. One for the cellar. Drink now through 2016." (10/11) According to Parker's Wine Advocate: "From sand and gravel riverside sites with a slight rise that encourages drainage, the Baudry 2009 Chinon Les Granges – their largest cuvee, and bottled partly in May and the rest in September – smells of fresh blackberry, chard, and artichoke. Firm and well-concentrated yet bright and buoyant on the palate, its sense of salinity, tart berry skin, and bitter-edged leafy greens makes for quite invigorating palate stain. At 12.5% alcohol, the 2009 isn’t far off in weight or style from the ideal that the domaine seeks to achieve with this cuvee and should remain delightful for 12-18 months..." (08/10) According to the Wine Enthusiast: "The wine has good acidity, with fresh strawberry fruits and attractive, light tannins. For early drinking." (6/1/2011) K&L's notes - This is a wine that gets me all hot and bothered. An extremely well-put-together cuvee that shows the lively 2009 fruit structure with precision minerality that adds to its richness and balance. It's very sexy now and certain to continue to evolve and improve over the next few years - clean and pretty up and down." (Eric Story, K&L Loire buyer)

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/3/2011  | Send Email
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Those of you who know my wine preferences, know that one of my favorite varietals is Cabernet Franc (second only to Pinot Noir). I enjoy this wine so much that I make this varietal each year with my winemaking buddies. When it is correct, the wine can be amazingly complex, broad, and deeply flavored. And that is what you will get when trying this Gem from Bernard Baudry. Deeply colored, this puppy offers opulent aromas of plum, cherry, and currants, which is underscored by a slate-like minerality. Impeccable balance and viscosity greet your palate upon entry, with well-integrated, silky tannins, generous flavors, a rich mid-range, and a long, warm, complex finish. Are you serving lamb at some point this holiday season, than look no further for the perfect pairing than this Gem. Anderson has informed that this will be one of house reds for the holiday season. 12.5% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2011 to 2020

By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/14/2011  | Send Email
This is one of my favorite producers and this vintage seems to have some extra weight to it but still just as elegant. Dried herbs, vegetative and mineral aromas on the nose. Those lovely aromatics take a back seat to the dark plum and blackberry on the palate. The finish is lifted by the acidity taking on a juicy black fruit finish. This is a lovely wine!

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/24/2011  | Send Email
Always one of the best range of Chinons out there, this is the bottling best suited for earlier drinking. Savory, leafy dark cherry aromas lead to a palate that is classic Chinon, with added richness given the somewhat warm, dry vintage. Still an elegant wine with many possibilities at table. Mmm...

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Cabernet Franc

- While Cabernet Franc, a parent with Sauvignon Blanc to the ubiquitous Cabernet Sauvignon, frequently plays second fiddle in Bordeaux blends (though it does get more props on the Right Bank, where it dominates Cheval Blanc), this lighter, higher acid/lower tannin, early-maturing, perfumed red varietal is far from a wallflower. It is the headliner in the Loire Valley appellations of Saumur-Champigny, Bourgueil, St-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil, Chinon and Anjou-Villages, where it makes exceptional, food-friendly wines. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc can be found in northern Italy, particularly in Friuli and in California where it is frequently used as a blending grape in Bordeaux-style wines. Heartier in the cold than Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc is gaining a foothold in northern and eastern wine regions like Canada, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
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Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.