Bernard Baudry Les Granges Chinon 2018 (Loire Valley, France)

Bernard Baudry Les Granges Chinon 2018 (Loire Valley, France) "...black plum, summer fruits, violets..."

Regular price $276.00 $229.95 Sale

As the good doctor below makes clear, this is almost certainly a best-ever release of this wine, which is saying something! It's packed with succulent and mouth-watering violet, crushed raspberry and cherry fruit aromas and flavours; and finishes with crunchy freshness and explosive, mouth-filling perfume. Just what you want from this type of thirst-quencher.

Some background: the Les Granges comes mostly from the Estate's younger vines (15 to 20-plus years old) planted on the alluvial, gravel soils of the terraces by the river Vienne. The grapes are picked by hand, fermentation is at cool temperatures and maturation occurs in a mix of concrete and large wooden vats.

"This is simply astonishing. The first clue is the colour, opaque, the wine eagerly coating the inner surface of the glass. The nose is all sun-dried summer fruits and confit blackcurrants, which continues through onto the palate as a creamed substance, dark and toasted. There are dense fruit complexities here, of black plum, damson, black olives and violets, all wrapped up in a velvety and creamed finish. It has some length too, and also acidity. The alcohol is 12.9%, and the pH 3.4. An exceptional vintage for Les Granges, "Grézeaux level" says Matthieu, and I would not disagree with him; this is the most striking Les Granges I have ever encountered." 93 points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor