Tried about a 3oz pour on the first night. Super tight and dense with a huge nose full of earth and funk. Big tannins at the fore, mid, and end, along with some acidic bitterness. After 24 hours, the aromatics are better defined but there is still a very intense, youthful palate that keeps getting smoother and more complex with each passing glass. It implies that it is going to stretch out beautifully in the years to come, though it certainly was a wonderful wine after a night open. 5+12+17+8= 92
For some reason the first bottle I had from this case was a little mute and underwhelming. Not this time around. This had everything I love about the Grez, all pulled together into an almost-perfect 2010 package.
The nose is pure Baudry - it has a cool, restrained character but is also full of fruit, clay and earth. The palate is everything I love about Chinon - dark red cherries and earth, wrapped in a silky package that's old world but polished.
Than heavens for the passage of time. I did not much care for this when it came it. It was too dense and too purple. It did not speak at all of Loire Cabernet Franc to me. Now two+ years later it has settled into a groove. Gone is the purplosity. The density has evolved into a layered effect. The aromatics have expanded beyond fruit, encompassing smoke, warm herbs, turned earth and well-mannered berry fruit that mingles with the other elements rather than dominating. This is youthfully delicious on the palate as well, with a balance that promises further joys to come after several more years in the cellar.
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(Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux) A gravel cuvée, one step up from the domaine cuvée (not tasted today). This has been in barrel for only three weeks. A really good, smoky nose here, almost sooty such is the concentration of the fruit, but it is a tight, grippy concentration rather than anything soft or seductive. The palate has a bright, fresh, stony and exuberant style, again the fruit here is good but what impresses me more is the structure of the wine, which is showing lots of tannic grip and substance, backed up by acidity and minerality. Great balance. Very attractive.