2014 Bernard Baudry "Les Grézeaux" Chinon

SKU #1266375 92 points John Gilman

 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+)  (3/2017)

K&L Notes

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.

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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.
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