2013BaudryGranges2013 Bernard Baudy, Chinon, Les Granges, Loire Valley, France.
Organic and artisan crafted, all of the Baudry wines are quality offerings, but you should not miss the latest Chinon Les Granges, it is splendid and charming Cabernet Franc that is cleanly made and full of flavor with classic terroir influence and class. Bernard Baudry makes some of the best Cabernet Franc for the money you will ever find, and I love his dry Chenin Blanc, white Chinons as well, this is solid value stuff no question and a staple in Kermit Lynch’s impressive Loire portfolio of imports. The 2013 Les Granges is dark, almost black in the glass with deep purple and garnet hues, leading to an impressive palate and a soft perfumed bouquet that hints at crushed violets, mineral and earthy elements. The mouth is filled with joyous red and black fruits with blackberry and cherry fruit leading the way along with plum and tangy currant, after which there is chalky stones, mineral essences, a touch of game, bell pepper, cedar, anise and pipe tobacco. This is supple, refined Cabernet Franc, fresh and youthful with good vigor and acidity adding life, it is drinking beautifully now and shows an artfulness and alluring grace, though it should age nicely for 5 to 7 years easy, drink from 2015 to 2022.
($20 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive

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