Bernard Baudry Chinon Blanc “Le Crois Boissée” 2014
Though known for his Cabernet Franc, I might hazard a suggestion that this single vineyard Chinon Blanc is Baudry’s best wine (Matthieu Baudry runs the domain now that his father Bernard has retired. The quality remains extremely consistent). Made from grapes planted on a tiny half hectare parcel located on a ridge at the top of Baudry’s top vineyard for Cab Franc which is too cold to ripen that grape, this Chinon possesses uncommon weight and elegance for Chenin Blanc. It is fermented naturally, raised in neutral 500 litre barrels for about a year and sees some time on the lees.
I have found that the Chinons produced in red wine regions of the Loire by top producers are among the best whites in the valley. Another example beyond the Baudry being Clos Rougeard’s ‘breze’. The wines have a little less acidity than found in places like Vouvray or Savenierre, but they also have greater structure, giving them an almost Burgundian quality.
This wine offered classic Chinon fruit, with some honeyed notes and richness from the lees. It had a saline, minerally finish, and was quite long and complex.
$40-$50, available at various private stores in Vancouver; available on the list at Hawksworth; imported by Racine
~$40 USD on winesearcher so this is a good deal in BC