2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée- France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon (9/26/2020)
Decanted 6 hrs. Started off a bit funky and with a slightly fecal scent, but after about 2 hrs. this rounded into form. In fact, this smelled more to my ideal of Bordeaux than most young Bordeaux I have had lately, with its great mix of tobacco leaves, earth and a touch of flowery dark fruit. As to the rest, I found this primary but quite accessible and drinking well. Primarily in the red fruit spectrum, but would occasionally produce a well defined cherry note. This worked really well off the leafy and gravely traits, and avoided any greenness, or very little. Very fresh, this closes with confidence and I am thrilled to see where this will be in 10 Years +. (93 pts.)
The Grezeaux is planted on mostly gravel soils, Croix Boissée is mostly clay. The southernly exposure and clay soils of CB yield a more structured wine. The CB also sees slightly newer barriques (1-3 years old), versus 3-5-year-old barrels for Grezeaux.
Yes, but does not necessarily make one better than the other. I think Grezeaux is more of an archetype Loire Cab Franc, and in top quality years, it’s classicism really shines. Boissee tends to have more scale and intensity. It’s generally considered Baudry’s flagship wine, but all three top cuvees are so good, and different, that if you like the house and style, get them all.
Thought I had ordered 5btls of the 2015 grezeaux only to find that they sent the 2018 due to a vintage error on the website. They also shipped on a Friday for weekend delivery despite the fact that it was clearly addressed to my work address. So the package sat in a htruck on a 80 degree day.