Starting with only two hectares in 1982, Bernard Baudry, now working side-by-side with his dynamic son Matthieu, has grown the domaine to its present area of 30 hectares. This size allows him to vinify each parcel separately and show the distinct terroirs in the area. The Les Granges, from sandy, gravelly soil is an excellent expression of Cabernet Franc, with great fruit and balance. The Grezeaux, from 50 year old vines planted in gravel and clay shows a distinct smoky, bacon-y and blueberry component. Clos Guillot is from clay over yellow limestone and is perhaps the finest and most elegant of Baudry’s wines. Finally the Croix BoiseÅLe, from 35-40 year old vines planted in chalky, white limestone soil, spends up to two years in barrel and always shows as the most structured cuveÅLe.
Guillot comes from a vineyard planted in yellow limestone soil with one meter of clay over it. The yellow Guillot label is meant to mirror the yellow limestone soils. The soil gives finesse to the Guillot, which is considered one of the top wines in Chinon. Yields are kept to 40 hl/ha, and the fruit is harvested by hand. The wine is fermented in wood vats, followed by a year in oak barrels before bottling. There’s a finesse, elegance and freshness to Guillot that is remarkable.