Chinon "Les Granges"


100% Cabernet Franc. The Granges vines are an 8-hectare site along the Vienne River in Cravant, just below the winery. They are around 20 years old now and planted on pure sand and pebbles with virtually no clay, giving rise to a light, fresh style of Chinon. The farming is certified-organic. All vineyard work, including harvest, is by hand. The fruit is destemmed without crushing and moved by gravity into unlined cement vats. Fermentation is spontaneous with native yeasts and without sulfur or temperature control; maceration lasts around two weeks with a daily pumpover and no punchdowns. The wine is aged in concrete tank for 7-10 months and bottled without filtration. Sulfur usage is minimal. Les Granges is the earliest release of the Baudry reds.


91 points
"The Chinon “les Granges” from Matthieu Baudry is the family’s “early drinker”, made from vines a quarter century of age grown on alluvial and gravel soils close to the Vienne River. The 2022 les Granges comes in at a svelte 12.5 percent octane and offers up a beautifully classical nose of dark berries, black cherries, tree bark, a dollop of juniper berry, a lovely base of gravelly soil tones, espresso and cigar ash. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied, focused and complex, with a good core of black fruit, fine soil undertow, moderate tannins and lovely length and grip on the still quite youthful finish. Even though this is the Baudry family’s most precocious bottling, I would not be inclined to open a bottle until it has had at least four or five years in the cellar, just to let those backend tannins soften up a bit more and the wine’s secondary layers of complexity start to emerge. Lovely juice. 2028-2060. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
September 2023

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Cabernet Franc
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