Baudry, Domaine Bernard

Domaine Bernard Baudry

While Domaine Bernard Baudry is a relatively young Chinon estate, it is certainly one of the stars of the appellation. Bernard began in 1975 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 Matthieu, 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. They are utterly committed to capturing the purest possible expression of their varied terroirs via their Cabernet Franc wines (as well as two Chenins).

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; fermented with indigenous yeasts in cement tank; aged in a mix of cement tank and used barriques; never punched down; touched with very little sulfur; and bottled without filtration. Their wines are noted for exquisite precision, concentration and texture and are unquestionably among the finest and most expressive of the Chinon appellation.

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DB0305-17
Organic
Chinon Blanc
2017
Chenin Blanc
SOLD OUT FOR THE VINTAGE 100% Chenin Blanc. From 10-15-year-old vines on clay-limestone soils. Fermented to dryness (2 grams RS or... Read More

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

DB0431-18
Organic
Chinon Rosé
2018
Cabernet Franc
100% Cabernet Franc. The fruit for the rosé comes from several estate parcels on two different terroirs: the higher plateau with... Read More

DB8967-17
Chinon Les Granges
2017
Cabernet Franc
100% Cabernet Franc.. The Granges vines are an 8-hectare alluvial site along the Vienne River in Cravant, very near the winery, planted in... Read More

DB0378-16
Organic
Chinon Croix Boissée
2016
Cabernet Franc
100% Cabernet Franc. Croix Boissée is in Cravant, near the winery, on a south-exposed slope overlooking the Vienne. The Baudry plots total... Read More

DB8968-16
Organic
Chinon Clos Guillot
2016
Cabernet Franc
100% Cabernet Franc. Close to the town of Chinon, Clos Guillot is a hillside vineyard with S-SW exposure, near the top of the hill, with... Read More

DB0306-17
Organic
Chinon Les Grézeaux
2017
Cabernet Franc
SOLD OUT FOR THE VINTAGE. 100% Cabernet Franc. The Grézeaux vines are the Baudry’s oldest at around 50 years and were the very... Read More