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2011 Chinon from Plouzeau and Baudry


The last several days have been busy with travel, work, and wine related correspondence.  The later of which can take a fair amount of time so just a quick post for today.  Both of the wines featured in this post are from the 2011 vintage in Chinon.  At half the cost the 2011 Marc Plouzeau, Clos de la Bonneliere, Le Clos, Chinon is an excellent buy combining the greenhouse nature of Cabernet Franc with black fruit and minerals.   The 2011 Bernard Baudry, La Croix Boissee, Chinon certainly steps it up with racy flavors and graphite mixed tannins.  Both of these wines will benefit from short-term cellaring.  These wines are purchased at Weygant Wines.

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2011 Marc Plouzeau, Clos de la Bonneliere, Le Clos, Chinon – $20
Imported by Weygandt-Metzler.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose revealed black fruit mixed with a little greenhouse aroma.  There was a little bit of tart and tangy fruit to start before subtle flavors of ripe black and red fruit came out.  With air the wine developed more black fruit, minerals, and pepper before the greenhouse note returned in the finish.  It also showed a touch of smoke and ripe citrus.  This needs a little age.  **(*) 2015-20202.

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2011 Bernard Baudry, La Croix Boissee, Chinon – $38
Imported by Louis/Dressner.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc sourced from 30 year old vines on soils of clay and white limestone.  It was aged for 18 months in barrel. Alcohol 13%.  There were dense flavors and a good balance of ripe ripe-ish fruit and structure.  With air the wine showed racy flavors of minerals, a hint of greenhouse, and wood.  There was very good structure and an attractive coating of graphite laced tannins in the finish. This should improve with age.   *** 2016-2014.

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