2018 Domaine Bernard Baudry
Light purplish red. Warm vintage. Garden aromas of tomato, flower stem and olive. In the mouth, lower acidity and swirling minerality at midpalate. The thrill rises toward a fresh finish full of stoniness. Thirteen months in cement tank. Rating: 89 Jason Wilson, vinous.com (Jul 2020)
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This is a wine with structure of fine tannins. The limestone subsoil brings minerality and freshness, this cuvée can age 5 to 10 yearsWinemaker's notes(Jun 2020)
Domaine Bernard Baudry
Bernard Baudry was born into a Chinon winemaking family in Cravant-les-Côteaux, Loire. Having studied oenology in Beaune, he started making his own wines in 1982, with only two hectares of vines. Today the estate is made up of 30 hectares, from six different sites, all of which are worked without the use of artificial herbicides or pesticides. His wines reflect the great versatility of Cabernet Franc when grown on different sites and are very much 'terroir' driven. Matthieu, his son has been working with Bernard since 2000 and now does most of the wine-making - the tradition continues. Beautiful wines, purely made, crisp and juicy Cabernet Franc.
Some old favourites are joined by a couple of wines that are new to us - the first vintage of the dynamic 32 year-old, Vanessa Cherruau at Château de Plaisance, who last year harvested these white and red 2019 Anjous when the ink was still wet on the contract to take over this domaine, and when she was in the late stages of pregnancy.
Loire whites - whether Chenin, Melon de Bourgogne (in the Muscadet) or Sauvignon are brilliant fresh wines that make the mouth-watering start or be a welcome refresher. These three Cabernet Franc reds are all classics of the style and with their well-defined fruit and crunchy style go particularly well with cold meats and pâtés.
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