Baudry

Domaine Bernard Baudry

While Domaine Bernard Baudry is a relatively young Chinon estate, it is certainly one of the stars of the appellation. Fresh out of wine school in Beaune in 1982, Bernard began with 2 hectares in Cravant-lès-Coteaux 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.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB8348-17
Organic
Chinon Croix Boissée Blanc
2017
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Croix Boissée is a half-hectare parcel of 25-year-old vines on very poor, chalky, thin clay-limestone soils. Fermented... Read More
France Loire

DB8967-17
Chinon Les Granges
2017
Cabernet Franc
100% Cabernet Franc. The "entry-level" Chinon from Baudry, their largest production, from a 9-hectare vineyard planted between 1985 and... Read More
France Loire

DB0305-17
Organic
Chinon Blanc
2017
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. From 10-15-year-old vines on clay-limestone soils. Fermented to dryness (2 grams RS or under) and aged in 500-liter... Read More
France Loire

DB0431-17
Organic
Chinon Rosé
2017
Cabernet Franc
SOLD OUT FOR THE VINTAGE. 100% Cabernet Franc. The fruit comes from two estate plots—one on flinty clay, the other on sandy gravel... Read More
France Loire

DB0306-15
Organic
Chinon Les Grézeaux
2015
Cabernet Franc
100% Cabernet Franc. Grézeaux is Baudry's oldest vines, at 60-70 years, on sandy, gravelly clay soils at the bottom of the hill of Sonnay... Read More
France Loire

DB8968-15
Organic
Chinon Clos Guillot
2015
Cabernet Franc
100% Cabernet Franc. Clos Guillot is a 4-hectare plot of the youngest Baudry vines, planted between 1993 and 2000 on a SE-facing slope near... Read More
France Loire