Chinon Clos Guillot

2019
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.

95-97 points
"Just outside the village, Clos Guillot sits on a slope on clay over limestone. The 2019 Chinon is a serious barrel sample that melts in your mouth with its silken texture. No crushing, very little remontage and a year in used barrels all lend a very gentle touch. The tannins build gradually, coating the mouth with the finest of chalky textures. Excellent acidity keeps things fresh through the finish."
Rebecca Gibb,
Vinous Media
, October 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB8968-19
Product Line: 
Wine
Red
Varietal: 
Cabernet Franc
Farming Type: 
Organic