2009 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée

Cabernet Franc

  • France
  • Loire Valley
  • Touraine
  • Chinon
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Community Tasting Notes 72

  • bags wrote:

    April 8, 2019 - surprisingly ready to drink. I suspect some air--or 5 more years--will improve it even further, and, even though it's a 2009, the acid will keep this fresh for at least another 15 years. Wonderful Loire liquid gold. The 2016s are selling for > $50, so this is approaching serious money for a bottle. But it's probably worth twice that (or more!) compared to Cab Franc heavy Bordeaux.

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  • Paul S wrote: 93 points

    April 6, 2019 - Really delicious and drinking absolutely on point - this was a brilliant Chinon. The nose was a beguiling, high-toned melange of smoky herbs, dark berries, earth and spice, all tied together by a little twist of Cab Franc’s bramble chacracter. The palate, while still nicely structured by filligreed tannins and bright acidity, had mellowed nicely into round, juicy, absolutely translucent mouthful of delicious dark berry flavours laced with notes of spice, earth and bramble. A study in effortless elegance, this was brilliantly balanced and perfectly poised and effortless elegance. Really nice finish too, perfectly round and integrated, and carrying that same clarity of expression and lightness of feet as the wine glided through the back-palate on a bed of stony minerality. Yummy.

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  • Diane (LI) wrote:

    March 24, 2019 - This is delicious and not a word I usually use to describe a Cab Franc from the Loire. It is juicy with ripe fruit, but also minerals, bright acidity and just the barest vegetal streak running through it. Tannins appear at the end.

  • aknot13 wrote: 93 points

    March 9, 2019 - Zalto Universal glass @ 18 deg. C. Color: cherry red with some evolution. Nose: complex nose of tobacco, some oak, leather, floral (lavender and violets), notes of forest floor, pepper, minerality (graphite, some charcoal) and of course rich fruits (mainly black). No bell pepper !! Mouth: lots of red and black fruits, earthy and mineral - cool climate taste, layered, perfect acidity, very elegant, medium body, medium+ finish, integrated tannins. Not a power wine but I love the weightlessness, finesse and structure in this wine. This will last another decade - at least. Just excellent. 93 pt.

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  • Costa Gavaris Likes this wine: 91 points

    November 16, 2018 - Quite ripe and full. Not much bell pepper. Entering early maturity. Great texture and taste. Very happy to have a few more of these to check in on. No rush.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2012, Issue #37, The Annual Loire Valley Report: The 2010 Vintage and Other Recently Tasted Gems

    (Chinon “la Croixe Boissée”- Domaine Bernard Baudry) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2011 (link) (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 (link) (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.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2009
  • Type Red
  • Producer Domaine Bernard Baudry
  • Varietal Cabernet Franc
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard La Croix Boissée
  • Country France
  • Region Loire Valley
  • SubRegion Touraine
  • Appellation Chinon

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 6 (1%)
  • In Cellars 548 (71%)
  • Consumed 217 (28%)

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