2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry, Chinon Blanc “La Croix Boissee” Loire Valley, France.
Baudry’s wines are some of the Loire’s finest and this organic estate turns out fantastic Chinon, but this Chinon Blanc, made from 30 Year Old Chenin Blanc vines, had always alluded me, though I have always been intrigued by the rare Chinon Blanc this special cuvee was a shockingly great wine. The barrel aged La Croix Boissee is rich and majestic with honeyed peach and pear fruit, clove, lemon/lime, liquified flowers, nutmeg, river stones and hints of vanilla and brioche. I love Montlouis and Vouvray Chenin Blanc’s so I had hoped I would love this wine too, and I was blown away by the depth and complexity of this rare Chinon Blanc, even if it is not as mineral laced as a Huet or as candied as a Chidaine it is a charming and lovely wine that has lush layers and mouth filling flavors embraced by the French wood. There is a lingering white liqueur note that adds interest even though the wine is finely balanced and vibrant. Those that like exotic wines will do well to search this beauty out, and white Burgundy fans, you’ll adore it as well. Imported by Kermit Lynch.
($42 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive
Avail through Kermit Lynch, and www.sfwtc.com ($38.95)