Wine of the Day July 6, 2013

2011BaudryGrezeaux2011 Bernard Baudry, red Chinon, Les Grezeaux, Loire Valley, France.
This pure Cabernet Franc is simply irresistible and gorgeous with deep color, life and vibrant flavors, Baudry looks to have crafted a magical wine here, no question. Bernard Baudry’s small estate in the heart of the Loire’s famed Chinon area has really come on in the last few vintages rivaling anyone for quality and value in the region, both his Cabernet Franc and his rare Chenin Blanc wines stand out, even his rose is fantastic, but this vintage of Les Grezeaux really is amazing. The nose is still young and grapey and that super dark purple color is super inviting, the palate is remarkably refined and detailed with blackberry, currants, cherry and plum fruits with hints of pepper, a very faint classic bell pepper touch and loads of mineral. This wine is vividly focused and has wonderful floral notes that emerge with air, a streak of violets along with some sweet herbs and cedar in the far background, this is a stunning Cabernet Franc, not to be missed.
($30 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive