Ruthlessly Mineral - 0.8ha:
2015 Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée Blanc

Posted by Joe Salamone

Baudry's Croix Boissée Blanc is one of the most fascinating expressions of Chenin around.

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.

It has Chenin's layered complexity, but it's disciplined into a wine that's tightly wound and linear. There's a saline minerality and a chalky texture that grips your palate.

Out of all of the manifestations of Chenin that I've tasted, Baudry's is one of the most thought-provoking. The first vintage that we tasted was 2004 and it immediately amazed us. I drank a bottle four years ago and it had evolved beautifully.

Croix Boissée 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.

It's a shame that there's not more to go around. It comes from a mere 0.8ha of vines.

The 2011 Croix Boissée Blanc has the wine's textbook punchy minerality along with a medley of citrus, floral notes and honey. There's a beautifully etched precision and drive that leads to a long, very fine finish.

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. This is a bottle that blossoms after 5-10 years in the cellar. We created special 3-pack pricing to encourage you to hold on to a couple bottles.

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

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

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer

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