Chinon "Grand Cru" -
2016 Baudry Chinon Clos Guillot

Posted by Joe Salamone

When the Baudry family purchased Clos Guillot, they were confident that it would become their top site.

It's not difficult to grasp their reasoning. Clos Guillot sits just above Clos de L'Olive and Le Chêne Vert, two of Chinon's most renowned sites.

Clos Guillot is a special site. It's terroir is mixed with clay over limestone in the upper portion and sand and gravel in the lower section.

The combination of finesse and chalky tension makes an utterly captivating and singular expression of Cab Franc. The first vintage was 2000. In 2014, Clos Guillot really hit its stride and since that vintage it has become one of my favorite wines from this domaine.

The 2016 is beautiful. It is the product of a low-yielding and somewhat complicated vintage. There was frost and rain throughout the spring and early summer. However, for the rest of the season the conditions were great. The resulting wine is concentrated and simultaneously electric. There's a serious minerality and really impressive finesse in this vintage.

It has Baudry’s signature soil-inflected nuances and a polished mineral core. There’s a freshness and energy that’s thrilling and beautifully complements the wine's density.

This is a seriously impressive vintage for the wine. There are few producers who turn out wines as consistent or as finely rendered as Baudry. We expect the 2016 to age beautifully over the next couple of decades.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
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