Chinon Le Pin 2021, Baudry-Dutour

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A perfect red for your next French-inspired dinner is Chinon Le Pin. This 100% Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley is from a single organically-farmed parcel situated in the ancient sandy gravel riverbeds of the Vienne. The wine is refreshingly savory, with bright juicy red fruit, a touch of herbaceous mineral notes, and just enough structure to stand up to steak frites or cassoulet. This wine is extremely versatile and there’s good reason that it flows in hundreds of Paris bistros. It’s a perfect example of the rare value you can still find from top Loire estates.

About the Winery

Based in Chinon, Baudry-Dutour is a collaboration between Christophe Baudry (nephew of the famed Bernard from a family with over 500 years in the region) and hot-shot oenologist Jean-Martin Dutour (who is also the president of InterLoire). The team have been restoring old vineyards in Chinon and the Loire AOP to create a range of affordable wines from prime terroirs. Jean-Martin handles the lutte raisonné farming and winemaking while Christophe gets the wines out to market.