Chinon Croix Boissée


100% Cabernet Franc. Croix Boissée is in Cravant, near the winery, on a south-exposed slope overlooking the Vienne. The Baudry plots total 3.1 hectares of low-yielding vines, ranging from 15 to 40 years old, on clay soils rich in white tuffeau (soft limestone) and iron. They 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 3 weeks. The wine is then aged in used barrique for 2 years and is bottled without filtration. It is the most structured of the Baudry wines and considered to be the most age-worthy (though all of their bottlings age beautifully).

93 points
"Grown on very chalky soils, and aged 24 months in 1- to 3-year-old barrels. Vivid ruby. Expressive, even flamboyant, nose of ripe cherry and berry, kirsch and cassis, and even a touch of chocolate. Open and rather hedonistic for Cabernet Franc, with lots of red and black fruit, and it wows the palate with freshness and swirling acidity. But it’s balanced by dancing notes of chalk, talc and graphite, and great finesse on the finish."
Jason Wilson,
Vinous Media
, June 2020

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Cabernet Franc
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