2014 Bernard Baudry "Les Grézeaux" Chinon
The 2014 Chinon les Grézeaux from the Baudry family is excellent and utterly classic in profile and structural chassis. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a still quite primary mélange of dark berries, cigar wrapper, gravel, bitter chocolate and an incipient topnote of tree bark. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and elegant in personality, with a superb core, lovely focus and grip, ripe, suave tannins and excellent balance on the long and youthful finish. This is approachable today, but it really deserves at least three or four years of bottle age to allow the wine to blossom more properly. It should be absolutely stunning at age ten and last until it is at least thirty-five or forty years of age. Fine, fine juice. 2020-2050+. (92+)
From one of the appellation's most outstanding producers, imported by the inimitable Kermit Lynch, who says: "Not only does he have the talent to make delicious and consistent wines, vintage to vintage, but he is also fortunate enough to have vineyard land that showcases many of the varied soil types of the appellation." The Grézeaux vineyard is rich in gravelly soils, with vines that average 65 years of age. The vineyard (like all of Baudry's sites) is farmed organically, harvested entirely by hand, de-stemmed and put into gravity-fed cuves where it is fermented with native yeasts. The Grézeaux is aged for 12 months in barrel and bottled unfined and unfiltered.