Bernard Baudry

 

 

Country: 

  • France

Region: 

  • Touraine

Winery Website: 

Grapes: 

  • Chenin Blanc
  • Cabernet Franc

Bernard Baudry is one of the newer stars of the Chinon scene. A graduate of the Lycée de Beaune, Baudry created his 25-hectare estate out of family parcels and purchased land. He quickly rose to prominence in the appellation for precise, textured Chinon. Baudry is now retired and his son Matthieu, who has been making wine with his father since 2000 (not to mention working in New-Zealand and California before making his way back home) has taken over as head vigneron.

Current Wines:

  • Bernard Baudry Chinon Blanc 2013
  • Bernard Baudry Chinon Blanc Croix Boisée 2010
  • Bernard Baudry Chinon Rosé 2014
  • Bernard Baudry Chinon "Les Granges" 2013: From young vines (~25 years old) planted on alluvial soil and gravel near the riverbed. When the Vienne river floods in some springs, Baudry may be found pruning the vines from a boat. This is a wine that is supple and fruity with smoky cherry fruit and is meant to drink young. It is a perfect wine for simple foods and cheeses.
  • Bernard Baudry Chinon Estate 2011: A blend of parcels of older vines (30-35 years old) planted in alluvial gravel bed and hillside clay. It has bigger structure and can use a short aging period in bottle before drinking. The wine has deep, dark ruby color and is beautifully extracted.
  • Bernard Baudry Chinon "Grézeaux" 2012: Les Grézeaux is from vines of 40 years on average, planted on gravely soil with a bedrock of limestone and clay. The wine is aged in barrique for a time depending on the power of the vintage. 
  • Bernard Baudry Chinon "Clos Guillot" 2011: A 4 hectare plot of 10 year old vines Bernard replanted in 1995 on a site long abandoned since World War 2.  Aged in barrique for a time depending on the vintage.
  • Bernard Baudry Chinon "Croix Boisée" 2010: Croix Boisée comes from the Baudry's "Grand Cru" vineyards, 2 ha exposed full south on clay and limestone. These wines are are a much more structured affair, hence there fermentation and aging in barrel for 2 years. 

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