Patrick Baudouin
‘La Fresnaye’ 2017 Anjou Blanc
Loire Valley, France

$60.00

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Style: White: Fine boned, mineral, pure.

Producer: Patrick Baudouin

Region: Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Grape: Chenin Blanc

Vintage: 2017

Soil: In the heart of Anjou’s black schists, lies on a vein of Paleozoic Devonian limestone on the southern bank of the Layon.

Farming: Organic

Oak: Fermented in Burgundian barrels (3 to 4 years old). Aged for 10 months in older oak barrels

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 12 – 14°C

The Wine: This vineyard sit on the left bank of the Layon, south of St-Aubin-de-Luigne, with 1.3 hectares dedicated to Chenin Blanc. There is also Cabernet Franc grown on this site. The site often delivers more chalk in the profile compared with the other wines. Very fine boned and mineral. This character sit amongst yellow plum and golden apple. The palate has finely woven acid with quite some power driving through the finish. Very impressive wine.

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: White: Fine boned, mineral, pure.

Producer: Patrick Baudouin

Region: Anjou, Loire Valley, France

Grape: Chenin Blanc

Vintage: 2017

Soil: In the heart of Anjou’s black schists, lies on a vein of Paleozoic Devonian limestone on the southern bank of the Layon.

Farming: Organic

Oak: Fermented in Burgundian barrels (3 to 4 years old). Aged for 10 months in older oak barrels

Alcohol: 13.5%

Glassware: Riesling Stem

Decant: Not Required

Serving Temperature: 12 – 14°C

The Wine: This vineyard sit on the left bank of the Layon, south of St-Aubin-de-Luigne, with 1.3 hectares dedicated to Chenin Blanc. There is also Cabernet Franc grown on this site. The site often delivers more chalk in the profile compared with the other wines. Very fine boned and mineral. This character sit amongst yellow plum and golden apple. The palate has finely woven acid with quite some power driving through the finish. Very impressive wine.

Sebastian Crowther MS