Domaine Baudry Le Clos Guillot 2007
Domaine Baudry produces wine in the Chinon appellation of France’s Loire Valley. But this wine is no ordinary cabernet franc. Whereas many wines from Chinon can be overly thin and green on the palate, despite their often impressive aromatics, Baudry’s wines provide far more extract and structure than one might expect. These are not, however, intensely extractive wines that overbear the senses – the climate ensures that is impossible. Instead, these are wines that combine quiet gravitas with immediate accessibility.
Baudry makes several cuvees, with this particular wine being made from 10-20 year old vines. The grapes are grown on southeast facing limestone hills and are hand harvested. The juice is then fermented in wooden vats and matured in 12 months in old oak casks – though the oak merely provides backbone rather than flavour.
The wine itself is wonderfully balanced and easy to drink but also complex and long. Flavours like blackberry, red cherry, fresh underbrush, graphite, and some mineral and earth give great depth of flavour to this understated dry wine. The lack of dominant wood characteristics, low alcohol, and incredible fresh acidity allows the wine to be both supple and versatile. This wine is so versatile, in fact, that it fulfilled my mission to find a red wine that would pair with Tandoori chicken. This is a wine where simple pleasure becomes a memorable experience. I have no doubt this could lay down for a few years, but when it tastes this good right now, why would you? 12.5% ABV.
$40 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars