0.8ha, Chenin from Chinon's Master: 2016 Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée Blanc

Posted by Joe Salamone

Baudry's Croix Boissée Blanc comes from 0.08ha of vines, and is one of the most captivating expressions of Chenin.

Out of all of the manifestations of Chenin that I've tasted, Baudry's is one of the most thought-provoking.

There's no expression of Chinon Blanc that can compete with Croix Boissée in terms of sheer quality, but especially when it comes to class and clarity of expression.

The first vintage that we tasted was 2004 and it immediately amazed us. I drank a bottle five years ago and it had evolved beautifully.

What makes Baudry's Croix Boissée Blanc so compelling is how its complexity is presented in subtle, finely interwoven shadings of flavor - honey, stone fruits, exotic notes, saltiness, smoke, gentle bitter notes, etc. There's a saline minerality and a chalky texture that grips your palate.

Croix Boissée Blanc is taut and ruthlessly mineral, yet still comes across as being polished and sophisticated. This unrelenting minerality makes perfect sense when you know more about where the wine is sourced from. It comes from the top portion of the great Croix Boissée vineyard where the site's clay practically disappears and only a chalky mixture of limestone and sand remains.

All of this is amplified in 2016. The vintage consolidated everything in a fine etched, tensile and powerful package. There's a tremendous amount of depth and lively agility.

Croix Boissée is a bottle that blossoms after 5-10 years in the cellar. We created special 4-pack pricing to encourage you to hold on to a couple bottles. We expect the 2016 to have serious staying power.

Please give us your maximum order, and we'll do our best to allocate fairly.

To order, reply to offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits