Baudry Chinon Rouge La Croix Boissée 2015

Bernard Baudry and son Matthieu are making some of the best wines not only in the Loire Valley but really all of France these days and this bottling, their "grand cru"as it were, is easily in the same league as Clos Rougeard (at literally a fraction of the price). Among the various bottlings of Chinon Rouge at Baudry, this is the only one grown on limestone/clay soils over chalk bedrock which is what gives this wine its power and longevity. The gravel soils near the river make for excellent Cab Francs like their Grézeaux which are more classically styled, fairly easy drinking Chinon but the calcareous soils upslope are really the sweet spot for the best wines. And the 2015 vintage, the warmest in 50 years which is always sort of a good thing in cold appellations like this one, turned out a number of great Cab Francs with this one being the best I've tasted so far.

Meticulous farming for low yields, aging in old Burgundy barrels and no sulfur added until a bit at bottling really let the terroir sing here. Ripe black and red fruit on the nose, dense cherry and blackberry flavors with lots of minerality and a ripe but chalky tannins on the long finish. The 2015 Croix Boissée is a little more generous up front than usual due to the warm vintage but this is the kind of wine that will age for decades but enjoyable now. A bit more wine than usual in the generous 2015 vintage but still highly limited.

Type: France

Vendor: Eno Fine Wine

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