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Bernard Baudry Chinon Blanc 2019


100% Chenin Blanc. Baudry’s rare Chinon Blanc hails from two small parcels: 0.8 hectares of vines behind the Château de Sonnay (these propagated with cuttings from the vineyards of Domaine Huet); and the eroded limestone of Le Clos Guillot. Vine age is in the 12 to 15 year ballpark. Matthieu Baudry naturally ferments the wine slowly in old 500- and 600-litre barrels until it’s dry (less than two grams of residual sugar) and lets full malolactic go through, although the wine remains fresh and energetic.

Bottled unfiltered, the 2019 has a lovely chalky texture and volume intertwined with calcareous tension and saline snap. Expect apple, pear skin, greengage and summer flowers on the nose, layered tensile flow on the palate and an energetic finish with nice grip. Translation: great Loire Chenin. Noting the review below, the wine finished with close to one gram per litre, so almost bone dry.

This vintage fermented slowly, so there was still a little of sugar present in spring when the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations completed. At present there is at least 2.1 g/l residual sugar here, according to Matthieu. The nose here is delightful, with orange, apricot skin, kumquat and guava. A very polished style on the palate, charming and fresh, certainly correct, with a chalky freshness to it, a good weight and effusive energy. It maintains a good vigour throughout, with a tense and minerally underbelly. A very attractive white Chinon. 93 points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor

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