France: Loire Valley

West of Tours and Saumur

The wines of Chinon, Bourgueil and Saumur
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 19 April 2011
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Barrel cellar at Domaine Bernard Baudry ©Brett Jones

Domaine Bernard Baudry

Address: 9 Coteaux de Sonnay, 37500 Cravant les Coteaux
Tel: 02 47 93 15 79  Fax: 02 47 98 44 44
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:9:40N (47.16127)    Longitude: 0:19:45E (0.32933) 

Bernard is well established as one of Chinon’s best producers. He started in 1975 with just two hectares, which has now grown to 34ha in the communes of Chinon and Cravant les Coteaux. His son, Matthieu, joined him in 2000 having worked in Burgundy, Bordeaux, Tasmania and California. Working organically, though not certified, the Baudrys have the customary range of Chinon from agreeably fruity – Les Granges available early summer following the previous vintage – to the powerful and structured Le Clos Guillot and La Croix Boissée that come from the limestone coteaux and are aged for around 12 months in oak. Visits are in a pleasant tasting room with soil samples on hand to explain the different terroirs.

Useful information: Visits by appointment Monday-Friday 08.00-12.30 and 14.00-18.00; saturday 09.00-12.30. Matthieu speaks good English.


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