Bernard Baudry ‘Le Domaine' Chinon 2016 (Loire Valley, France) "...Raspberry, Cherry, dried herb..."
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 enough to have vineyard land that showcases many of the varied soil types of the appellation. After completing his studies at the viticultural school in Beaune, Bernard returned to the Loire Valley to consult in Tours. By 1975, he had 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 twenty-five hectares. Bernard’s son, Matthieu, joined the family domaine in 2000 after studying winemaking in the Mâconnais and Bordeaux, with internships both in Tasmania and California.
The Baudrys work vineyards composed of gravel, sand, limestone, silica, and clay. The variations of terroir and vinification methods make each of their cuvées unique and distinct. Bernard and Matthieu focus the lion’s share of their production on Chinon Rouge, five fine cuvées of Cabernet Franc, all aged in old and new barrels in their incredible cellars chiseled out of tuffeau behind the winery. The Baudrys are staunch traditionalists, and you would have a hard time finding a Chinon more classic than theirs.
The Baudrys are justly proud of this blended cuvée, and they consistently deliver outstanding quality and value under this label. 2016 is a ripe, pure and deeply-etched example, with very precise dark cherry, raspberry fruit, inky depth and fine, powdery tannins.