Organic. 100% Cabernet Franc. Les Granges is the Baudry family’s vin de bistro—a delicious, entry-level Cabernet Franc designed for early drinking. It comes mostly from the Estate’s younger vines (planted between 1985 and 1988) grown on the alluvial gravel soils of the terraces by the river Vienne. This is a terroir that loves long periods of dry and warm weather, which is exactly what it received in 2020. The fruit was picked by hand and fermented cool for two weeks in cement tanks, before being raised for seven to 10 months, also in cement.
Even fresher and more vibrant than the inky dark 2019, this jumps out of the glass with lifted and perfumed aromas of perfectly ripened blackcurrant/blackberry Cabernet Franc fruit, black pepper and anise. It’s equally vibrant on the palate, which relies just as much on its crunchy acidity as its lively tannins. This spring, it’s the perfect wine to have in one hand when you’ve got a barbecued lamb cutlet in the other.