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Bernard Baudry, Chinon Le Clos Guillot, 2020

$38.99
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This four-hectare site was abandoned from WW2 until Baudry replanted it in 1995. It boasts clay soils with yellow tuffeau and iron and a south-southwest exposure. The wine is macerated in unlined cement vats and matured in neutral barriques and cement tanks so as to express Le Clos Guillot's natural minerality and elegance.

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The Loire is home to some of the best-kept secrets in unsung heroes of world class wine. And no Loire Hero is making greater wines than Bernard Baudry.

The magic starts with their vineyard holdings, which are typically very old vines on gravel and sandy soils with La Croix Boissee having a layer of white limestone subsoil that gives the wine that unique mineral backbone and structural depth that sets many of the world's greatest wines apart. Yup, great exposition and white soils is a sort of magical formula. Clos Rougeard's got it, so does Chablis's Grand Cru Slope and some of the best vineyards in Cote d'Or. The Baudrys farm organically, harvest by hand, and make their wine without manipulation (fermentation is with natural yeasts).

Despite the similarities to some of the world's most famous and allocated wines, Baudry remains remarkably affordable and easy to find. Why? Probably because Bernard started completely from scratch. And because he and his son, Matthieu, who has taken over most of the Domaine's operations, are humble farmers quite removed from the hype and glam of high-end wine.

What importer NYC-1-DBW-`DB8968-20`-111122-2 has to say about this wine...

100% Cabernet Franc. Close to the town of Chinon, Clos Guillot is a hillside vineyard with south-southwest exposure, near the top of the hill, with clay soils rich in yellow tuffeau (the soft local limestone) and iron. The vines were planted between 1993 and 2000. The farming is certified-organic. All vineyard work, including harvest, is by hand. The fruit is destemmed without crushing and moved by gravity into unlined cement vats. Fermentation is spontaneous with native yeasts and without sulfur or temperature control; maceration lasts around two weeks with a daily pumpover and no punchdowns. The wine is aged for a year in 2-5-year-old barrique and for a year in cement tank. It is bottled without filtration two years after the harvest. Sulfur usage is minimal.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Franc

  • Vintage

    2020

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Style

    Earthy , Herbaceous

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

Loire Valley Wines

The Loire Valley is France’s greatest source of value for anyone looking for elegant, terroir-driven wines. Our collection celebrates the region’s great diversity, with the mineral-driven whites of Muscadet and Sancerre, the beautiful Chenin Blancs and Cabernet Francs from villages like Vouvray and Chinon, and natural wines from everywhere in the region. Sometimes wonderfully fresh and gulpable, sometimes serious and age-worthy, the prices are always very reasonable.

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