The Master of Chinon
2015 Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée

Posted by Joe Salamone

Baudry is one of my favorite producers. Baudry's style is beautifully detailed, vividly transparent and refined.

Croix Boissée is Baudry's top bottling and epitomizes what makes Baudry's wines so special.

With the 2014 and 2015 Croix Boissée, we go from strength to strength. It's one of the best back-to-back vintages for the wine that I've witnessed.

La Croix Boissée is sourced from a hillside plot with limestone and clay soils on a chalk base. In Chinon, this terroir is home to the appellation's longest-lived wines. Baudry's Croix Boissée always comes across with exacting detail and pristine clarity. It's a wine that speaks deeply and offers a compelling soulfulness and honesty.

The 2015 Croix Boissée shows an intensity, grandeur and lift that’s simply shocking. It has such presence and length, but also a powerfully firm core of acidity and minerality. The harmony and completeness really leaves you with the impression that this will be a great wine a decade from now.

For the greatest expressions of Cabernet Franc in the Loire today, the list is short: Clos Rougeard, Baudry and Jérome Lenoir. It's worth noting that Baudry's Croix Boissée costs a fraction of what Rougeard's entry-level Clos currently trades at.

When it comes to building a cellar on a budget, Baudry's Croix Boissée is one of the first wines that I reach for. It stands as one of the great examples of how elegant Cabernet Franc can be and this only becomes more apparent with time.

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Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
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