2019 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Rouge “Les Grezeaux", Loire Valley, France

Showing a dark black/purple color with floral blackberry and strawberry aromas, with a bit of earth, spice and citrus. Very silky and supple on the palate with deep stony black fruits, meaty, chalky and long. Good acidity and elegance in the finish.



Les Grézeaux is from a unique parcel of sixty year-old vines near the bottom of the slope in Sonnay (near Cravant-les-Coteaux) on a bed of gravel over a base of clay, sand and limestone. The grapes are harvested by hand of course and fermented with wild yeasts with zero SO2 added during vinification. Beginning in 2017, the wine ages in large cement vats by Nico Velo, which are slightly porous. Les Grézeaux always has an elegant silky texture and wonderful freshness, making it delicious as a young wine, combined with the ability to age beautifully for 20 years and more in good vintages.


Bernard Baudry’s Chinons are the archetype for top-quality Cabernet Franc from the Loire. Aside from Clos Rougeard’s $200+ icons, it’s hard to think of wines from the Loire that deliver as consistently as Baudry's... and Le Domaine is the perfect introduction to his genius.

This bottle combines depth, poise, and the perfect structure for drinking now. It’s grown on a single vineyard perched high above the town of Chinon. The highest and coolest of Baudry’s vineyards, the site is characterized by unique millarges soil—a mixture of sand, clay, and limestone that’s considered by locals to be perfect for Cabernet Franc. That combination of climate and soil gives the grapes a long hang-time, which allows them to develop striking flavor and explosive aromatics.

The Baudrys have farmed their vineyards organically since 2006, and their attention to detail shows through in every aspect of their winemaking process. They harvest by hand, carefully sort the grapes, then ferment them in concrete tanks to allow gentle oxidation without wood. The wine then ages for 15 months in a mixture of large oak vats and concrete tanks—all in the name of giving it a light polish before bottling.

While this is fantastic for drinking now, don’t hesitate to bury some bottles in your cellar and enjoy them over the next five to ten years. Baudry’s wines age exceptionally well, gaining nuance and smoothing out to a Pinot-like silkiness—they’re a treasure at any stage of maturity.


Grape(s) Cabernet Franc
Farming Biodynamic