While Domaine Bernard Baudry is a relatively young Chinon estate, it is certainly one of the stars of the appellations. Bernard began with 2 hectares in Cravant-lès-Coteaux fresh out of wine school in Beaune in 1982 and proceeded to build it to its current 32 hectares—90% of which is Cabernet Franc plus 10% Chenin Blanc—slowly but surely. Though Bernard has retired and allowed his son Matthieu, who began working at his side in 2000, to assume the lead role, together they continue to make wines which set the standard in Chinon. Extremely limited availability.
100% Cabernet Franc. Baudry's classic style is shown beautifully in this pale, delicate, herbal Chinon rosé. Fruit from two plots averaging 20 years old--one of flinty-clay soil and the other sandy gravel--is pressed slowly and gently in a pneumatic press; fermentation in cement vat; undergoes malolactic fermentation.