2012 Baudry Clos Guillot and Croix Boissée: Great Wines from Wonderful People!

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It gives me great pleasure to offer these superb wines, as 2015 marks a quarter-century of importing Chinons from the wise and affable Bernard Baudry. (I think we began, at Garnet Wines, with 1988, purchased directly from an agent in the Loire, followed by the sensational 1989s which are now drinking beautifully!) Following the progress of this estate has been fascinating - it's been wonderful to see how Matthieu Baudry has joined his father in the family business and how they work together, a great team doing everything right, in the vineyard and in the cellar. (In a recent feature article in LeRouge et LeBlanc the writer asked " 'Who's in charge?' A smile that warmed the heart appeared on both their faces. 'Both of us' they responded in one voice. 'Matthieu's more in the vines' said Bernard, 'and Bernard in the cellar' followed the son. 'All the decisions are made together' they added.") And although the domain has certainly reached new heights in the last few years, the wines here have always been excellent as Bernard started with great parcels and received advice and encouragement from his former employer, the esteemed oenologue Jacques Puisais.  A 1981 Grézeaux tasted at the estate recently was light and quite lovely, certainly equal or superior to the Clos de L'Echo tasted with it, and a 1989 Cuvée Domaine, opened recently at Racines NY, was complete, beautifully earthy, ripe, long and persisitent.

Which brings us to the, in my opinion, absolutely beautiful 2012s from Domaine Baudry and the arrival of the brilliant Le Clos Guilot and La Croix Boissée. My first encounter with these wines was in May of 2013. I was immediately struck with the great purity, brightness of fruit, balance, length and the amount of saline mineral flavors in the wines. I think I was more enthusiastic than the Baudrys - it was only a year later that Matthieu offered this modest assessment "Yes, they taste good actually - 2012 seems more and more like a very serious year." A difficult year for the vignerons, 2012 brought very low yields, low levels of alcohol and firm acidities  but with enough ripeness to create marvelous wines from the better producers in the Loire Valley. Each subsequent tasting has confirmed the quality of this vintage from the Baudrys, a bit lighter than the 2010s but offering even more terroir expession and freshness. I will certainly be purchasing the permitted allocation but don't worry  - customers come first! Case quantities are encouraged for the Cuvée Domaine and Rosé and are also possible for Grézeaux and Clos Guillot. Six-bottle max on Croix Boissée, please. (Please expect immediate shipment of Domaine, Grézeaux and Clos Guillot, with Rosé and Croix Boissée delivery late May) Normal case discounts apply. And by the way, the Baudrys work organically in the vineyard, make their own organic compost and use minimal SO2

(A note to previous Baudry purchasers: This is your second chance - don't miss these wines!)

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Baudry 2012 Chinon Le Clos Guillot

Le Clos Guillot is a beautiful south-east facing vineyard, just east of the town of Chinon, above the Clos de l'Olive and adjacent to Le Chêne Vert. The upper slope of the parcel is clay over limestone (the lower part has sand and gravel over the rock, which permitted a tiny separate production from franc de pied vines, now mostly deceased) and the vines are young, planted from 1993 to 2000. Fermentation in wooden cuves with pigeages, 15 months of aging in two to five year-old barriques. We have been buying this wine since it's first production in 2000 – it's one of the most elegant and Burgundian of Chinons. (Tasted twice from barrel) Beautiful red/black color with elegant aromas of blackberry liqueur, earth, violet and minerals. The supple, elegant palate shows deep black fruits infused with earth and saline minerals with great freshness and fabulous length. A beautiful wine. Needs five years, best perhaps 2020 - 2035.

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Baudry 2012 Chinon La Croix Boissée

Mature Chinons from the Baudrys are perhaps my favorite wines (although old bottles of Clos Rougeard Coteaux de Saumur aren't bad either). I'm hoping that my wife will give me some of the 2012 Croix Boissée to cellar - it's a near-perfect wine and will be a joy to drink in 2030! From a small parcel of clay over limestone on a south-facing slope above Cravant. 24 months of aging in 2 to 4 year-old barriques. (Over the years, the Baudrys have moved to a more gentle extraction on this wine and have lengthened the barrel aging, never in new oak) This is a great Croix Boissée, rivaling in a lighter frame, the superb 2010. Brighter and more floral, this is an amazingly beautiful Chinon, lovely, lively and wonderfully balanced, with firm acidity and very pronounced saline minerals. A wine to marvel at, not to write about - thanks to the Baudrys for their artistry! David Lillie

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