Bernard Baudry took a leap of faith and started his domain in 1972 with a handkerchief size vineyard. Over the years, Monsieur Baudry thoughtfully and patiently acquired pieces of vineyards that gave distinctive expressions of Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc. Today, Bernard Baudry has one of the most treasured parcels of vineyards in Chinon. With his son Matthieu joining the domain in 2000, the operation remains a family affair. Bernard Baudry is in the village of Cravant-les-Coteaux in Chinon in the heart of Loire Valley, where Cabernet Franc found its finest expression. The vines are cultivated in harmony with nature without using synthetic chemical or herbicides. The harvest is by hand and only the indigenous yeasts are used. The wines are bottled unfiltered. Such practices are rare in the region nowadays.
From the vines grown on gravelly and sandy parcels of vineyards. The wine is fragrant and charming. It is a wine of joy and meant to celebrate in its youth. 100% Cabernet Franc.
From the vines grown on gravelly soils and clay on a hill. Fermented in concrete vats and aged in neutral barrels for about a year. This wine is a model of balance. It greatly improves with short-term cellaring of 2 to 3 years and will keep many years developing complexity. 100% Cabernet Franc.
From the vineyards with clay and very rocky silex. Hand-harvested grapes are pressed gently with skin and are fermented with natural yeast. A wine of youth and joy. 100% Cabernet Franc.
From a gravel and clay-silica soil. The vines are over 50 years old with some over 70. It is a magnificent cru. Fermented in concrete vats and aged in neutral barrels for about a year. Les Grezeaux gives concentration, finesse and minerality that keep the wine fresh and lively. This wine ages well.
From a hill that is composed of clay at the top and yellow limestone at the bottom. The hill has south and south-east exposure. Fermented in wooden vats and aged in neutral barrels for about a year. A wine of purity and, in certain years, gives the qualities of cru Burgundy.
From a small parcel cru on a clay limestone slope, facing south. This is the top vineyard for Bernard Baudry. Fermented in wooden vats and aged in barrels for about a year. It is further aged in bottles for about a year before release. La Croix Boissée has it all - complexity, freshness, definition and elegance. It is a wine with an absolute clear expression of the site. It is a wine to cellar.
From one hectare parcel behind the historical Chateau Sonnay, where the slope is clay with limestone slope and the exposure is south. Vines were planted here before the French Revolution. Raised in neutral barrels until the following June. 100% Chenin Blanc.
At the very top of Le Crois Boissée, the terroir is pure limestone with very little top soil. Bernard and Matthieu felt the terroir is perfect for Chenin Blanc. Raised in neutral 500 litre barrels for about a year. Elegant wine. 100% Chenin Blanc.
Not current vintages. Shown for sample purposes only.