2021 Chinon Clos Guillot
Bernard BaudryChinon, Loire Valley$37.99 on 3+ (3saves2)
$39.99 reg US Low
The photos above are for the rockheads and geeks like me that bestow reasoning as to why this wine is so good and very consistent. It's sloped location always for runoff from the rains, so water never hangs around for very long if it does rain. And look at the soil composite, its all ROCKS! For any wine made from any grape starting with "Cabernet" it LOVES to live in highly concentrate rock soils (Bordeaux, Napa's Alluvial fans). Thanks to Domaine Bernard Baudry for the above photos/maps! For me this is always one of the finest examples of a Chinon you can find in the world, and the price is just silly for what you get here.
No Score for the 2021, but the 2019 got a 95-97 from Vinous:
Soil: Limestone coteau exposed South-South/West, with clay on top of the hill and yellow tuf (limestone) lower on the slope.
Vines: Planted between 1993 and 2000.
Vinification / Aging: Manual harvest. Two-week fermentation in cement or oak vats, then twelve-month aging in oak barrels, 2-5 years old, followed by 9 months in unlined cement vats. Bottling in September, two years after harvest. No filtration.
Just outside the village, Clos Guillot sits on a slope on clay over limestone. The 2019 Chinon is a serious barrel sample that melts in your mouth with its silken texture. No crushing, very little remontage and a year in used barrels all lend a very gentle touch. The tannins build gradually, coating the mouth with the finest of chalky textures. Excellent acidity keeps things fresh through the finish.
- Rebecca Gibb MW, 8/2021