Patrick Baudouin
‘Bellevue’ 2016 Savennières
Loire Valley, France

$100.00

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Style: White: Powerful, complex, mineral.

Producer: Patrick Baudouin

Region: Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Grape: Chenin Blanc

Vintage: 2016

Soil: Schists, close to the Loire River

Farming: Organic

Oak: Aged for 12 months Burgundian barrels and demi-muids (25% new oak, 50% two-years-old, 25% three-years-old)

Alcohol: 13%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 12 – 14°C

The Wine: Savennières is most often the most powerful expression of Chenin Blanc along the Loire River. Here you have all the hallmarks of the appellation but without excessive alcohol (it’s not uncommon to see wines at 14% and above). Yellow plum, quince, smoke, mineral, red apple are all elements on the nose, but there is more if you have time. The palate is rich from front to back, but it has wonderful energy to fame this. These are such special wines and this is a majestic example.

Sebastian Crowther MS

Producer Profile

Patick Baudouin didn’t go directly into the wine world, instead he first ventured to Paris working in factories and for a time selling books. It was in 1990 that he migrated back to the Loire Valley where he took the reins of his great grandparents estate, that they founded in the 1920s.

From the start Patrick has been driven in his approach to making the greatest wines possible without the need to add or take things away from what nature gives him. The domaine is certified organic. He uses indigenous yeast fermentation, eschewing chaptalisation, and adding only very small doses of sulphur. His is the only Loire Valley wine to be included in legendary French collector Michel Chasseuil’s ‘100 Vintage Treasures.’ 
Domaine Patrick Baudouin comprises 13 hectares of vineyards on the great terroirs of the Anjou Noir, the Black Anjou named after the dark-colored ancient rocks of the Massif Armoricain. They cover the eastern arm of France and are the remnants of the once mighty Hercynian mountain range. These eroded ancient rocks are a cocktail of granites, shale, schist, tuffs (volcanic ash, not tuffeau), hard coal, sandstone, and quartzite. Patrick makes a range of wines across the different terrior of Anjou and I am delighted to be able to offer these to you in Australia.

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Review

Style: White: Powerful, complex, mineral.

Producer: Patrick Baudouin

Region: Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Grape: Chenin Blanc

Vintage: 2016

Soil: Schists, close to the Loire River

Farming: Organic

Oak: Aged for 12 months Burgundian barrels and demi-muids (25% new oak, 50% two-years-old, 25% three-years-old)

Alcohol: 13%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 12 – 14°C

The Wine: Savennières is most often the most powerful expression of Chenin Blanc along the Loire River. Here you have all the hallmarks of the appellation but without excessive alcohol (it’s not uncommon to see wines at 14% and above). Yellow plum, quince, smoke, mineral, red apple are all elements on the nose, but there is more if you have time. The palate is rich from front to back, but it has wonderful energy to fame this. These are such special wines and this is a majestic example.

Sebastian Crowther MS