Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grezeaux 2014 Front Label
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Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grezeaux 2014

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Winemaker Notes

Les Grezeaux is a concentrated wine with a dense but silky matter due to the influence of the stony, clay-siliceous gravel. It can age 10 years or more.

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Bernard Baudry and his son, Matthieu, work their domaine under organics, sustaining this block of 65-year-old vines on gravel soils, fermenting the wine in cement without added yeasts and aging it in old, neutral barrels. It demonstrates how, when worked with care in our contemporary climate, cabernet franc can produce the kind of joyous, welcoming red wine in Chinon that has attracted so many to the silken pleasures of Pomerol. Even if it’s only a textural parallel, this wine might convert a lot of people who haven’t yet appreciated the beauty of Touraine reds. It tastes fresh, completely unfettered by its dry, herb-scented tannins, so that the notes of bay leaf and thyme mingle with the rose scents of the fruit, building gentle richness. Decant this if you open it now; its complexity and textural pleasures will only increase with age.
V 94

Two thousand-fourteen is often written off as a mediocre vintage for reds in the Loire, but I tasted a number of strong examples from that year, including this one. At first, there’s meatiness and bloodiness throughout, as well as complex, attractive aromas and flavors of herbs and root vegetables, even mirepoix or pot au feu. Soft and mellow on the palate at first, but then fruity, juicy notes like strawberry and tomato, understated but firm tannins and a lively underlying energy on the finish.

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Bernard Baudry is unquestionably one of Chinon’s most outstanding producers. Not only does he have the talent to make delicious and consistent wines, vintage to vintage, but he is also fortunate to have vineyard land that showcases the varied soil types of the appellation. After completing his viticultural studies in Beaune, Bernard returned to the Loire Valley and purchased his first two hectares of land in Cravant-les-Coteaux, a village from which almost half of the production of A.O.C. Chinon is sourced. Over the years, the domaine has grown to 25 hectares and Bernard’s son, Matthieu, has joined the family domaine. The Baudrys are staunch traditionalists, and you would have a hard time finding a Chinon more classic than theirs.

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An important red wine appellation in the Touraine district of the Loire, Chinon produces fanciful, light-bodied reds from the Cabernet Franc grape. Chinon also makes charming rosés from the same grape as well as white wines from Chenin blanc. But the reds give the area its fame. Often scented with fresh herbs, black tea and violets, Chinon reds show a lovely combination of fruit and acidity. However, styles have become more concentrated and ripe in recent years from improvements in vineyard management. Modern methods include planting grass between vineyard rows, using higher trellises and deleafing to increase sunlight to berries and therefore improve ripening. Even still, red Chinon is intended to be a light to medium bodied, refreshing wine to be enjoyed in its youth.

Fuller-bodied Chinons come from vineyard sites on the clay and tuffeau limestone slopes, usually from the southern exposed slopes of Cravant-les-Coteaux, and the plateau above Beaumont. Lighter styled wines come from the sand and gravel vineyards near the Loire or Vienne Rivers with the most refined examples coming from the area around Panzoult

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Cabernet Franc, a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, is the subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine-producing world. Somm Secret—One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.

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