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Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot 2005

Cabernet Franc from Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
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Winemaker Notes

Cabernet Franc planted in dense, clay and limestone soil recently aquired. This unusual combination of soils helps create a wine of great strength and density, filled with character.

"Baudry's 2005 Chinon Clos Guillot – from relatively young vines in deep, chalky soil – offers a bouquet of buddleia with cassis, maraschino, and brown spices. Filling the mouth with generous fruit and real depth and density of chalky mineral character, black fruits and flowers, it finishes with panache, liveliness and lift that belie its 14.5% alcohol."
-Wine Advocate 91-92

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Bernard Baudry

Bernard Baudry

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Bernard Baudry, Chinon, Touraine, Loire, France
2005 Chinon Le Clos Guillot
Situated in the village of Cravant-les-Coteaux and in the town of Chinon. The vineyard is home to varying types of soil for each different cuvée. The single grape variety is Cabernet Franc. The soil is worked without using herbicides. The vines are farmed using techniques that are environmentally friendly. Vineyard practices include manual debudding and hand harvesting. Wines mature in concrete and wooden vats and oak barrels.

Cabernet Franc

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The subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets, Cabernet Franc is the proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon and shares many of the structural elements of Bordeaux’s cornerstone variety. In Bordeaux, Cabernet Franc is often planted as an insurance policy against its later-ripening offspring, as it is more likely to thrive in a difficult harvest. But don’t mistake Cabernet Franc for merely a supporting player—this grape variety produces outstanding wines on its own or as the dominant component of a blend. It produces perhaps its most alluring wines in France’s Loire Valley, in the regions of Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur-Champigny, where brighter, riper wines can be achieved. Outside of France, Cabernet Franc has performed quite well in parts of California, New York, and Virginia.

In the Glass

Paler, lighter, crisper, softer, and much more aromatic than its progeny, Cabernet Franc typically tastes of red raspberries, cherries, and herbs, with a stunning perfume of violets, tobacco, and spice.

Perfect Pairings

Mouthwatering acidity makes Cabernet Franc an incredibly food-friendly wine, helping to cut through the richness of fatty meat dishes. It especially shines in tandem with lamb, and its affinity for the spice cabinet allows it to pair perfectly with Chinese dishes prepared with Szechuan pepper and five-spice.

Sommelier Secrets

Under-ripe Cabernet Franc can be leafy and green with harsh tannins and mouth-searing acidity, so it is best to avoid highly spiced curries and fiery chili dishes.

PSNFBD026_2005 Item# 92362

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