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Community Tasting Notes (48) Avg Score: 92.2 points

  • One of the greatest values in my cellar. Perfumed cab franc from a warm vintage. Still young

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  • Initial brettiness; very impressive next day, this was a lovely to drink. Fulsome, real depth; clearly has loads of time in hand.

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  • Different experience than many of the recent notes here. This seems to have moved into an awkward place in which the green and slightly unclean soil notes have taken on an unwelcome prominence. To be fair we didn't give it much time to open and it was on the table with a very nice old school Napa Cab.

    The second day is a different story. No one liked this wine last night - not even the young server who was sprayed by my 30 year old refermented Science Closet wine. (We let her taste all of our wines and scored a couple of free deserts in return) This afternoon it is balanced and totally enjoyable with black fruit, dark herbs, clean earth and minerality. Just goes to show what this old country boy doesn't know about French semi-hipster wines.

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  • Just a bit reserved tonight compared to the bottles in my cellar but this is still excellent with crisp dark cherry and blue fruits leading to a full mid-palate with a silky, fine-grained texture. The finish is tight but the chalky minerals are very present and the wine shows a nice complexity with notes of smoky violets and spice. Yum but needs more time. At Pearl & Ash. 92+

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  • Die Notiz kann ich eigentlich nur leicht ergänzen,dreht am zweiten Tag enorm auf,inkl. leichter Fruchtsüsse und runder als dazumal,aber immer noch extrem schwarzfruchtig und voller Körper.
    Dunkles Lila-Rot.
    Leder,Holzwürze,Brombeeren,süsslich Cassis,würzig,Bleistift,leicht rauchig,kalkig,herrlich samtige Struktur,saftig,tief,Hauch Tabak,zwischendurch aetherisch floral,
    komplex,unheimlich trinkig,Tannine integriert.
    Langer schwarzfruchtiger Abgang.

    dark purple red
    leather, spicy,blackberries,cassis,limy,smoky.
    gorgeous velvety structure,deep,complex,little tobacco.
    long black fruits aftertaste.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18-19 points

    (Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boisée) From a clay-limestone terroir, the vines aged approximately 30 to 50 years says Mathieu. This has 18 months in barrel, and so will not be bottled for some time yet. A great creamy colour here. A smoky nose, with wonderful fruit expression, concentrated but without being overly rich or sweet. A full, lightly creamy style on the palate, with precise and dark fruit again but here with a very pointed definition - although still very rich, with a massive presence in the mouth. There are tannins here, but they are very well hidden beneath the fruit. And yet it still remains true to the appellation, with a persistent freshness and style to the fruit. A firmer style of tannins than Le Clos Guillot in the finish, and a slowly fading length. This should be great.
  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18-19+ points

    (Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boisée) This is from a pure limestone terroir, tuffeau as it is known locally. A great nose here, rich and dense, with pure ripe fruit. Dark, concentrated, with a slightly sooty edge perhaps reflecting the wine's tannic substance. This is exactly what the palate possesses; dense substance, very rich yet balanced, with a firm tannic core giving the wine a monumental structure. This is a huge wine, a vin de garde, which requires 10-15 years before it will be ready.

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