Chinon Clos Guillot

2018
France
Loire

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 clay soils rich in yellow tuffeau (the soft local limestone) and iron. The vines were planted between 1993 and 2000 and are certified organic like all of the Baudry vineyards. The fruit is hand-harvested, destemmed and moved by gravity into cement vats. Fermentation with native yeasts and without sulfur or temperature control lasts around two weeks. The wine is then aged in 2-5-year-old barrique for 1 year, followed by 9 months in cement tank. It is bottled without filtration two years after the harvest.

94 points
"The 2018 Clos Guillot from the Baudry family is a beautifully deep, pure and sappy wine, coming in at 14.3 percent octane in this warm summer and offering up bottomless depth in its bouquet of black cherries, black raspberries, Cuban cigar wrapper, a beautiful base of soil tones, hints of tree bark and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a great core of black fruit, superb soil signature and grip, ripe, buried tannins and a very long, superb balanced finish. This is a classic example of the 2018 vintage in Chinon, with plenty of ripeness, but absolutely no signs of sur maturité and great precision and soil signature. It is a young wine and will need bottle age to properly blossom, but it will be stellar once it is ready to drink. 2028-2065."
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2021
93+ points
"The 2018 Chinon Le Clos Guillot is another impressive Cabernet Franc from Bernard Baudry. The bouquet reveals a perfectly ripe, refined and elegant yet also intense dark fruit aroma reminiscent of blackberries and cherries intermixed with leather and some distinctive flinty aromas. Quite open from this bottle but highly attractive. Silky, round and with remarkable finesse and tension, this is a full-bodied, concentrated and quite tannic Chinon with a still astringent finish but with enough sweetness and intensity for good aging potential. The aftertaste is long and compact and once more represents the concentrated character of the berries when harvested. An impressive wine whose future is even more great than its current status. Tasted in June 2021."
Stephan Reinhardt,
Wine Advocate
, August 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB8968-18
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Cabernet Franc
Farming Type: 
Organic