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Bernard Baudry Chinon Blanc 2019


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Made very traditionally, fermented and aged in neutral 500 liter barrels before a very light filtration and bottling. A lovely wine on release, but the 2019 seems to be a true knockout. It was a challenging growing season, with early bud break, frost and rain into June. Then there were almost 3 months of very hot, dry weather. However rain returned at the end of September and the harvest was ultimately successful.

The Baudrys think it was particularly exceptional for Chenin Blanc, producing wines that have both richness of texture and precise minerality; lush, ripe orchard fruits and bright crunchy acidity are in perfect balance. This is a perfect wine to crack on a warm spring afternoon but will also be fun to watch evolve over the next several years.

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The Loire is home to some of the best-kept secrets in unsung heroes of world class wine. And no Loire Hero is making greater wines than Bernard Baudry.

The magic starts with their vineyard holdings, which are typically very old vines on gravel and sandy soils with La Croix Boissee having a layer of white limestone subsoil that gives the wine that unique mineral backbone and structural depth that sets many of the world's greatest wines apart. Yup, great exposition and white soils is a sort of magical formula. Clos Rougeard's got it, so does Chablis's Grand Cru Slope and some of the best vineyards in Cote d'Or. The Baudrys farm organically, harvest by hand, and make their wine without manipulation (fermentation is with natural yeasts).

Despite the similarities to some of the world's most famous and allocated wines, Baudry remains remarkably affordable and easy to find. Why? Probably because Bernard started completely from scratch. And because he and his son, Matthieu, who has taken over most of the Domaine's operations, are humble farmers quite removed from the hype and glam of high-end wine.

What importer Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

Blend: Chenin Blanc
Vineyard: 1 ha, 5-15 years
Soil: Clay, limestone
Farming: Organic (practicing)
Slow fermentation in 500L barrels until dry (less than 2g/L residual sugar)


  • Grape Variety

    Chenin Blanc

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Aromatic , Crisp , Fruity

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Medium Bodied