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Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Domaine Rouge 2017

Bernard Baudry Chinon Le Domaine Rouge 2017

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Tasting Notes

100% Cabernet Franc. Le Domaine hails from Baudry's high-sited vines, which lie on a plateau above Chinon's première côte. The lion's share of the fruit comes from vines with an average age of around 35 years, planted on sandy, limestone-rich soils, while 20-30% is drawn from slightly younger vines on gravelly soils. The principle vineyard here is evocatively named Cimetière aux Chiens, which translates as 'dog cemetery' (probably a reference to the limestone that litters the soil here).

Harvested by hand, this wine was fermented naturally (without inoculation) in traditional cement vats. Aging occurred in both concrete and old casks for 15 months and the wine was bottled unfiltered, two springs after harvest. This is a considerably longer aging than in the past and is really making a difference. Baudry believes this drawn-out élevage brings more minerally limestone character to his wine and now it is much more seductive and approachable.

It has the meaty, earthy, 'animal' nose so typical of top-notch Chinon and a complex, fluid, sappy palate with roasted meat, wet earth, blackberry and menthol characters. It's a wine for the table, ideally with hearty meat dishes. This is not at all a modern, pure, fruit-driven red but rather it harks back to more rustic, complex, sauvage, Rabelaisian Chinons of old. It may not be for everyone, but it is nonetheless the kind of wine that made the region famous. And it is unique. -Importer Note

An increased focus on the environment and an awareness of sustainable agriculture have given rise to a huge increase in organic viticulture. This is an exciting area of growth in the world of wine, and if done right, one that leads to better wines, healthier vines and soils, and less stress on the earth.

But what makes a wine organic?

Organic wine refers to a method of farming, rather than winemaking. It all starts in the vineyard, where vignerons and viticulturalists no longer use synthetic or systemic pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers. Instead they opt for organic compounds such as copper and sulfur, which can help reduce he pressure of disease and pests. This results in much better vine and soil health, with no unwanted chemicals leeching into local rivers and waterways through run-off.

Organic farming is not to be confused with Biodynamic farming which, although similar, is a different approach and requires many more specific practices. These practices such as specific soil preparations, and lunar-cycle harvesting are not necessary to achieve an organic system.

It is important to note that organic wines can still have sulphur dioxide added to them. Sulphur is an organic compound, and therefore winemakers are free to add it to their wines, and still achieve organic certification. Winemakers will often add sulphur to help stabilise the wine and protect it from oxygen come bottling time. The wine will still be completely organic, assuming the proper farming practices have been adhered to.

Product Type Wine Red Cabernet Franc
Volume 750ml
Country France
Region Loire Valley
Sub Region Chinon
Winemaking Practices Minimal Intervention
Vineyard Practices Organic/Biodynamic