Domaine Bernard Baudry

Le Clos Guillot Chinon Cabernet Franc

9.0224 ratings
9.045 pro ratings
Chinon, Touraine, Loire Valley, France
Cabernet Franc
Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Hard Cheese, Blue Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Pungent Cheese, Potato, White Rice, Herbs, Tomato-Based, Pasta, Mushrooms, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Lamb, Turkey, Pork, Duck, Venison
Top Notes For
Josh Morgenthau

Raspberry coulis, blackberry juice, mushroom, violet, minerals and barnyard. Tart, explosive purple fruit, some feral, bramble notes on the structured palate, and a succession of furry, prickly tannins. Finish is smoky and bitter. Really massive and opaque, in its own way, hard to evaluate even on day 2. Expect this could gain .2 or more in score as elements resolve.

Raspberry coulis, blackberry juice, mushroom, violet, minerals and barnyard. Tart, explosive purple fruit, some feral, bramble notes on the structured palate, and a succession of furry, prickly tannins. Finish is smoky and bitter. Really massive and opaque, in its own way, hard to evaluate even on day 2. Expect this could gain .2 or more in score as elements resolve.

Jul 9th, 2022
Peter Sultan

A sign of the Times when my Lemelson Pinot Noir from same vintage scores same aggregate score: 90 in Delectable. These are not the same experience. This Baudry is a powerhouse with multiple layers. Robust and almost bursting at the the seams with blackberry & cassis. A remarkable concentration of color, flavor, & nose-like a Volnay but more on cassis & black fruit spectrum. Also bay leaf, menthol, & eucalyptus. While I’ve held several Raffaults for our daughter’s birth year, I regret not laying down a few Baudrys given they are less prone to bottle variability. What a delicious, profound wine. Dressner import.

A sign of the Times when my Lemelson Pinot Noir from same vintage scores same aggregate score: 90 in Delectable. These are not the same experience. This Baudry is a powerhouse with multiple layers. Robust and almost bursting at the the seams with blackberry & cassis. A remarkable concentration of color, flavor, & nose-like a Volnay but more on cassis & black fruit spectrum. Also bay leaf, menthol, & eucalyptus. While I’ve held several Raffaults for our daughter’s birth year, I regret not laying down a few Baudrys given they are less prone to bottle variability. What a delicious, profound wine. Dressner import.

Feb 17th, 2022
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9.7

The 2018 Chinon Clos Guillot is a rich, focused powerhouse that's firm and direct, with dark blackberries and smoky notes. If we lived in an ideal world, this would be aged before releasing, as it's ripe yet tight and tannic, with the limestone soils providing grip along the sides of the mouth and a sense of direction. Lengthy, serious and complex, leaving the mouth full of dark berry fruit, spice and tea leaves. A baby. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, October 2021)

The 2018 Chinon Clos Guillot is a rich, focused powerhouse that's firm and direct, with dark blackberries and smoky notes. If we lived in an ideal world, this would be aged before releasing, as it's ripe yet tight and tannic, with the limestone soils providing grip along the sides of the mouth and a sense of direction. Lengthy, serious and complex, leaving the mouth full of dark berry fruit, spice and tea leaves. A baby. (Rebecca Gibb MW, Vinous, October 2021)

Oct 7th, 2021
Josh Morgenthau

Classic no. 2 pencil lead nose. White pepper, purple flowers. Palate is tart, and pretty rustic. Fine grained tannins. Unfolds to a bouquet of lavender. Still needs time. Planning on holding another 2-3 years before opening another bottle.

Classic no. 2 pencil lead nose. White pepper, purple flowers. Palate is tart, and pretty rustic. Fine grained tannins. Unfolds to a bouquet of lavender. Still needs time. Planning on holding another 2-3 years before opening another bottle.

1 person found it helpfulJul 31st, 2020
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9.3

From one of Baudry’s top limestone sites. Aged 12 months in 2- to 5-year-old barrels, then rests for nine months in cement tanks. Still young and rambunctious, very juicy and full of energy, very like Pinot-like. It’s one of the fruitier Baudry expressions, with lots of black and sour cherry, some blackberry and tomato, and light stoniness on the finish. Give this a year or two and it will pay back your patience. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)

From one of Baudry’s top limestone sites. Aged 12 months in 2- to 5-year-old barrels, then rests for nine months in cement tanks. Still young and rambunctious, very juicy and full of energy, very like Pinot-like. It’s one of the fruitier Baudry expressions, with lots of black and sour cherry, some blackberry and tomato, and light stoniness on the finish. Give this a year or two and it will pay back your patience. (Jason Wilson, Vinous, July 2020)

1 person found it helpfulJul 16th, 2020
Chris MacLean

I continue to be a big fan. So balanced and pleasing.

I continue to be a big fan. So balanced and pleasing.

1 person found it helpfulApr 8th, 2020
Josh Morgenthau

Beautiful. Just graphite at first on the nose, then blossomed after a few hours into a bouquet of violets, roses, lavender. Ripe acids and silky tannins. Really beautifully composed after 10 years.

Beautiful. Just graphite at first on the nose, then blossomed after a few hours into a bouquet of violets, roses, lavender. Ripe acids and silky tannins. Really beautifully composed after 10 years.

1 person found it helpfulNov 13th, 2019
Sarah O'Kelley

Red and black fruit, dark earth, brett on nose but clean on palette. Old school chinon 🙌

Red and black fruit, dark earth, brett on nose but clean on palette. Old school chinon 🙌

1 person found it helpfulMay 3rd, 2019
Carl Fischer

Herbaceous. Light. Not bad.

Herbaceous. Light. Not bad.

May 31st, 2017
Henry Nurminen

Crunchy red fruit and brisk acidity. My kind of red.

Crunchy red fruit and brisk acidity. My kind of red.

Feb 21st, 2017