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Great Bourgueils from Stéphane Guion! Last Call for the Beautiful 2012s from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry!!

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Stéphane Guion, whose family has been farming organically since 1965, makes some of the most terroir-expressive and ageworthy wines in Bourgueil, and at prices that make the wines easily affordable to all! The 2014 vintage, which was looking disastrous as of mid-summer that year, has turned out to be excellent in the Loire Valley thanks to great weather beginning in mid to late August.

Clockwise from top right: Below and above the Grand Monts, Stéphane Guion and Eben Lillie in the cellar, vines in the Grand Monts vineyard.

Stéphane's 2014 "Domaine" cuvée has just arrived and it's absolutely sensational, showing the lush, supple fruit and bright acidity of this vintage. At $11.99 (discountable!) it's worth buying by the case to drink over the next 5 to 8 years. Also newly arrived is a small quantity of the superb "Cuvée Deux Monts." From 80 year-old vines in Petit Mont and Grand Mont on the upper slopes of Bourgueil, this is a wine for the ages, best drinking probably 2030 to 2040.

We first tasted the 2012 reds from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry in February of 2013. We were thrilled by the perfect balance, shimmering fruit, bright acidity and moderate alcohol of these beautiful wines. They are not as "big" as the 2010s but are remarkably pretty and even more expressive of the soils in the Baudry's great vineyards. We purchased as much of these wines as we could and are happy to offer our last inventory of "La Croix Boissée" and "Le Clos Guillot" - these are simply outstanding Chinons that belong in your cellar. In addition, we have just received a small additional quantity of the Baudry's wonderful 2012 "Cuvée Domaine." Mostly from a great parcel in Saint-Louans, this earthy and delicious wine drinks beautifully now but will repay ten to twenty years of aging. A 2005 tasted last week was fabulous, if a bit young, and the 1989 is still going strong!

We wish we had more Baudry Rosé available, but happily we have in stock the complex and delicious Bourgueil Rosé from Stéphane Guion which has recently arrived. This is a serious rosé of terroir that is lovely now and will improve over the next year - save some for next summer perhaps, or enjoy all winter long! When I think of wines I would like more of in my cellar, both these growers are at the top of my list. Lovers of the Loire Valley, or of any complex, mature wines should consider all the wines in today's email, which will bring great enjoyment for many years to come...

 

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Guion 2014 Bourgueil Rosé

(The 2014 Guion rosé is back, the last 5 cases direct from Bourgueil!) 2014 shows plenty of minerality, with stone fruit, a hint of spring strawberries (think more tart, less fruity), tangerine, and spice. This is a very complex dry rosé, showing earthy red fruits and stone flavors that are still developing in its second year. Really tastes of the limestone terroir and the Guion's 50 years of organic farming, with a long finish and ample acidity and freshness. Thanks to Stéphane for another great vintage, and for finally putting his rosé in a clear bottle!

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  • $11.99

  • Organic

Guion 2014 Bourgueil Cuvée Domaine

(Last of Stock!) From 15 to 40 year-old vines on clay/limestone soils in Bourgueil, in organic agriculture since 1965. This is always one of the best values in the store and the 2014 happily rivals the 2009, 2010 and 2012 vintages for absolute awesomeness, especially at 11.99! Beautiful red/black color. Lovely deep red currant and blackberry aromas with violets, pepper, earth, bitter chocolate, licorice and leafy notes. The palate is round and supple with deep berry fruit framed in firm chalky acids, earth flavors and saline minerals. Terrific length - this is just a superb young Bourgueil! At 12% alcohol it's beautifully structured and delicious to drink now, and will be even better in 5 to 10 years. Thanks to the Guion family for two generations of organic farming and great wines at modest prices! Serve cool with chicken, pork, charcuterie and full-flavored fish dishes as well...

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Guion 2010 Bourgueil Deux Monts

From 70 to 80 year-old vines in "Petits Monts" and "Grand Monts" towards the top of the slope above Benais, facing roughly south-west, clay over Turonien limestone. This is prime real-estate in Bourgueil. Tasted in January of 2012, this wine showed superb elegance and focus, with the great balance of Loire reds in 2010. Not for drinking young—hold for five years, then enjoy until 2040!

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  • $21.99

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  • Biodynamic

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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  • $31.99

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  • Low Sulfur

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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  • $39.99

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  • Low Sulfur