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  • Writer's pictureJohn Paul Kaminga


Here is a dense Cabernet Franc, almost reminiscent of fine Pomerol, but less oaky than those wines. It is way up there (in price) for Chinon, but I would confidently place it among the best wines I've tasted in 2021. Truly a gem, and something to sock away for decades or drink now. Not much to go around... save me from buying it all myself!

Bernard Baudry Chinon 'La Croix Boissee' 2018 - $55

Extraordinarily ripe Loire Valley Cab Franc, but still quite fresh, retaining lots of Chinon typicity. Aromas of black and blue fruits, flowers (mainly violet and a little lilac), black olive, walnut oil, whispers of thyme and petrichor, as well as top notes of brighter fruits. Thick and velvety, very rich and dark for Chinon, but there's great freshness and lively acidity, a fine coating of serious tannins too. Long finish features wild blueberry, blackberry, plum, flowers and ethereal spice. Gorgeous wine. This is serious and will need 5+ to show all its powers, maybe 10+. This will be fun to compare to 2018s from St. Emilion and Pomerol when it is mature.

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