February 16, 2016 - Grafted vs Ungrafted Cabernet Franc: Very rich, dense and multilayered. Herbal note (dill and physalis), high pitched florals, also some soap. A pleasant spicy note on the palate, seems hot and powerful, but well balanced and the alcohol bite doesn't seem obtrusive. Still lots of potential, I wonder how it will taste after 2-3 years. WOTN for me and everybody at the table. (92+)
February 13, 2016 - A fantastic bottle of wine. Ruby Red in the glass with undertones of plush red fruit hiding behind a barnyard odour that faded as the night went on. I didn't mind the barnyardy smell. I enjoy its earthy quality. On the palette, the wine was felt plush with soft tannins, and had a lovely floaty quality to it. I got vanilla, some spice, a little bitterness and stone fruits. Medium to full bodied with great balance and length over about 30 seconds in the mouth. Tasted better as the night went on. Can drink now, or can wait a few more years.
March 1, 2013 - Loire 2005 (Salle de dégustation Laurier): Le nez le plus étrange, complexe avec des notes de menthe, de la fougère, mais aussi des fruits exotiques, papaye (!). La bouche est fraîche, mais un peu mince et très végétale. Une tisane épicée, qui n'est pas ma tasse de thé! Bien identifié. 85 pts
February 18, 2010 - Freedom Pies (Convivio): Baudry's has always been my favorite of the Loire Valley franc de pieds and this shows why, with a weightlessness that manages to outclass the Joguet, which was pretty classy stuff to begin with. But at the same time it's a little wilder than the Joguet, sharper in acidity and with a green-pepper scent.
February 17, 2010 - Pie Franco (Convivio, NYC): The '05 is a tad on the green side (though nowhere near as much as the Breton), still quite pleasant with bright fruit and only a faint suggestion of green pepper. Tasty, though perhaps overwhelmed a touch by the really awesome '03 and '02 beside it.
August 14, 2007 - Opens up very primary, exploding with scents of just-crushed blue/black fruit. The intensity quickly subsides and then it picks up some of the weightlessness I loved about the '03 while being (unsurprisingly) much more dynamically structured with its interplay of acid, tannin, and sheer energy... it has the mouthfeel of Clos Ranche Blanche Cabernet in that respect, although more elegant and streamlined. The supple '03 was picture-perfect elegance so that's what I'm looking forward to here, but it'll need time to unwind.