|Description:||100% Cabernet Franc. The Granges vines are an 8-hectare alluvial site along the Vienne River in Cravant, very near the winery, planted in 1985 and 1988 and farmed organically like the rest of the estate. The soil is all sand and pebbles, with little to no clay, so it drains well and yields a light, fresh style of Chinon. The fruit is hand-harvested, destemmed and moved by gravity into unlined cement vats. Fermentation with native yeasts and without sulfur or temperature control lasts from two weeks to two months. The wine is aged nine to ten months in cement before being bottled without filtration. It is the first red of any vintage to be released. Producer While Domaine Bernard Baudry is a relatively young Chinon estate, it is certainly one of the stars of the appellations. Bernard began with 2 hectares in Cravant-les-Coteaux fresh out of wine school in Beaune in 1982 and proceeded to build it to its current 32 hectares-90% of which is Cabernet Franc plus 10% Chenin Blanc-slowly but surely. Though Bernard has retired and allowed his son Mathieu, who began working at his side in 2000, to assume the lead role, together they continue to make wines which set the standard in Chinon. Baudry bottles Cabernet Francs from a range of soil types and exposures and also makes two dry Chenin Blancs. Their approach in vineyard and cellar is traditional. The estate has been certified organic since 2006 but has been farmed without chemicals and with homemade compost and with active working of the soils for much longer than that. The fruit is all from the estate, is hand-harvested, destemmed, moved only by gravity and fermented with indigenous yeasts in a mix of cement and old barrels; the wines are aged variously in vat and used barriques and bottled with a minimal usage of sulfur. Their wines are noted for precision, concentration and texture and are unquestionably among the finest of the Chinon appellation.|
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Previously available from All Star Wine & Spirits
579 Troy-Schenectady Road
Latham, NY 12110
First added to 1000 Corks on July 27, 2020.
This product was inactivated November 9, 2020.
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