2012 Bernard Baudry "Les Clos Guillot" Chinon

SKU #1243778 90 points Vinous

 Bright violet. Complex aromas of black cherry, plum, spicecake and musky underbrush. Dense, sweet and tactile, this cabernet franc shows a sappy core of dark berry fruit with impressive energy. Made with a higher percentage of new oak, this is a more modern style of Chinon that finishes with a serious tannic backbone and chewy licorice and bitter chocolate notes. With his wire-rim glasses, moustache and quirky smile, Bernard Baudry looks as if he might teach biology at the local high school. Although a relative newcomer to the region, he instead quickly established himself as one of Chinon’s outstanding producers. From the first two hectares that he purchased in 1975, his estate has now grown to 25. Since 2000, he has been assisted by his son Matthieu. Based in Cravant-les-Coteaux in the heart of one of Chinon’s privileged viticultural hamlets, they are fortunate to have not only five excellent sites but also an incredible cellar chiseled out of the tuffeau behind the winery. While they are sometimes labeled traditionalists, I find them to be more naturalists. Everything here is organic, harvested by hand and bottled without fining or filtration. In any case, theirs is a style that I admire: they make cabernet franc taste as suave and succulent as pinot noir. (JBP)  (12/2014)

K&L Notes

Bernard Baudry is one of the "newer" stars of Chinon. The Les Clos Guillot comes from relatively young vines, planted back in 1997, in densse clay and limestone soils. This soil composition creates a wine of remarkable depth and bing cherry character. Fresh and juicy, this is a Chinon to enjoy over the next 5-7 years.

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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

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5