Patrick Baudouin
‘La Fresnaye’ 2015 Anjou Rouge
Loire Valley, France

$55.00

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Style: Red: Dark fruits, savoury, medium bodied.

Producer: Patrick Baudouin

Region: Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Grape: Cabernet Franc

Vintage: 2015

Soil: Left bank of the Layon river, sprinkling of Devonian limestone on schist bedrock

Farming: Organic

Oak: Old Burgundian barrels (3 to 4 years old)

Alcohol: 12.5%

Glassware: Bordeaux Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 16 – 18°C

The Wine: Patrick de-stemmed all his red wines and only used old oak in the maturation period. This tell you a great deal about how he wants his wines to taste – pure, vibrant and approachable. Crushed red cherries, red apple, rose and freshly turned organic earth make for an alluring aroma. The palate is all about approchablity and drinkability, but this isn’t to say it doesn’t have complexity and some fine structure. Lacy and long with smoke and blackcurrant lingering on the finish.

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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Style: Red: Dark fruits, savoury, medium bodied.

Producer: Patrick Baudouin

Region: Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Grape: Cabernet Franc

Vintage: 2015

Soil: Left bank of the Layon river, sprinkling of Devonian limestone on schist bedrock

Farming: Organic

Oak: Old Burgundian barrels (3 to 4 years old)

Alcohol: 12.5%

Glassware: Bordeaux Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 16 – 18°C

The Wine: Patrick de-stemmed all his red wines and only used old oak in the maturation period. This tell you a great deal about how he wants his wines to taste – pure, vibrant and approachable. Crushed red cherries, red apple, rose and freshly turned organic earth make for an alluring aroma. The palate is all about approchablity and drinkability, but this isn’t to say it doesn’t have complexity and some fine structure. Lacy and long with smoke and blackcurrant lingering on the finish.

Sebastian Crowther MS