Exclusive: 2019 Baudry Clos Guillot Chinon

Exclusive: 2019 Baudry Clos Guillot Chinon

The French have a lovely phrase for the ideal position on a slope: 'Mi-Pente'. The term is infinitely more elegant than mid-slope and it captures that unicorn of sites where the soils are shallow enough to stress the vines yet deep enough to offer nutrients to the roots; where the slope is steep enough to give each row a moment in the sun yet shallow enough to avoid erosion. The vineyard holdings that occupy the 'Mi-pente', whether in Burgundy, the Loire or Rhône, are almost always owned and farmed by the region's stalwarts, the names you'd find on the AOC's Mt. Rushmore.      

Today's wine, from house favorite Bernard Baudry, hails from exactly that perfect location and produces one of the greatest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the world. If they were to classify the Loire's plots in a Burgundian style hierarchy, this would surely qualify as Grand Cru. I personally like to think of it as Cab Franc's Musigny.

Each vintage we've offered has been met with OVERWHELMING demand, selling out quickly. I encourage you to take advantage of the deep, multi-bottle discount being offered today.  

I am proud to offer the ONLY bottles of 2019 Bernard Baudry 'Le Clos Guillot' Chinon in South Carolina!   
2019 Bernard Baudry 'Le Clos Guillot' Chinon - $44.99

*Special newsletter price - $39.99

*Special 2-PACK Price - $37.99/btl

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It is impossible to think of Chinon without uttering the name Baudry. Bernarnd Baudry acquired his first holdings in 1975 and is undoubtably one of Chinon’s most outstanding producers, not to mention one of the greatest cultivators of Cabernet Franc.

Founded in 1975 with just two hectares, Bernard has grown his estate to its current size of 32. Upon retirement, he allowed his son Matthieu, who began working by his side in 2000, to assume the role of lead winemaker. Together they continue to make wines which set THE standard in Chinon, noted for their exquisite precision, concentration and texture; unquestionably among the finest and most expressive in the region.
Cabernet Franc planted precisely on the mi-pente of the slope rising from the Vienne river, Le Clos Guillot sits on an outcropping of limestone that imbues this wine with an elegance more often associated with the great wines of Burgundy than Cabernet Franc. The fruit is hand-harvested, de-stemmed and moved by gravity into cement vats. Fermentation with native yeasts and without sulfur. Aged in old barrique for a single year, followed by 9 months in cement tank. Bottled unfiltered two years after harvest.

This wine is already on full display with raspberry and cherry aromatics enhanced by blackberry, plum, violet and earth. The palate is crystal clear with freshness and elegance; perfectly balanced by dense black fruits and silky tannins. Incredibly delicious while still one of the great value's in French wine.