Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Clos Guillot 2018

94 Points John Gilman – "100% Cabernet Franc. Close to the town of Chinon, Clos Guillot is a hillside vineyard with S-SW exposure, near the top of the hill, with clay soils rich in yellow tuffeau (the soft local limestone) and iron. The vines were planted between 1993 and 2000 and are certified organic like all of the Baudry vineyards. The fruit is hand-harvested, destemmed and moved by gravity into cement vats. Fermentation with native yeasts and without sulfur or temperature control lasts around two weeks. The wine is then aged in 2-5-year-old barrique for 1 year, followed by 9 months in cement tank. It is bottled without filtration two years after the harvest."

93 Wine Advocate

"The 2018 Chinon Le Clos Guillot is another impressive Cabernet Franc from Bernard Baudry. The bouquet reveals a perfectly ripe, refined and elegant yet also intense dark fruit aroma reminiscent of blackberries and cherries intermixed with leather and some distinctive flinty aromas. Quite open from this bottle but highly attractive. Silky, round and with remarkable finesse and tension, this is a full-bodied, concentrated and quite tannic Chinon with a still astringent finish but with enough sweetness and intensity for good aging potential. The aftertaste is long and compact and once more represents the concentrated character of the berries when harvested. An impressive wine whose future is even more great than its current status. Tasted in June 2021." -Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate



Country: France

Region: Loire

Variety: 100% Cabernet Franc

Terroir: Hillside Vineyard; South-Southwest aspect near the top of the hill; Clay soils rich in soft limestone and iron (known as tuffeau); Plantings in 1993 and 2000

Farming: Certified Organic; Hand harvested

Winemaking: Destemmed; Spontaneous fermentation in cement vats lasting approximately 2 weeks; Aged for 1 year in barrique (2-5 year old) and an additional 9 months in cement tank


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