2015 Le Clos Guillot Chinon, Bernard Baudry

Date night with my girl this evening, and we’ve met out for drinks and dinner in Bull City. It’s a cool little French bistro, and only my second time here—and first for dinner. She looks great; freshly coiffed and even her eyes are smiling at me as I jump out of my ride to meet her.


2015 Le Clos Guillot Chinon, Bernard Baudry, Loire, France.

The ambiance? High, industrial-style ceilings where sound carries even without a big crowd. Chalkboards on the rear walls share enticing specials for guests, and my eyes are on one even while we slide up to the corner of the bar, our favorite setup so we can lean in close and enjoy each other’s company and intoxicating smells. 

I have a few more stories from the dumpster fire of the past week, a few new angles that we’ve unearthed—but this really isn’t a night to talk shop. It’s a time to relax, to enjoy foodstuffs, to enjoy each other, and to enjoy wine. We’ve selected the Le Clos Guillot Chinon from an extensive tasting list and, though it takes some time to open up, it eventually does and we run through it to good effect.

This Le Clos Guiilot Chinon is organically produced and hails from Loire. It’s a Cabernet Franc that pours ruby red in the glass, with damp, earthy notes that this reviewer can detect even among all the delicious smells of Rue Cler. There’s a bit of cherry in the tasting, and some darker fruits too that I imagine come through the Cabernet Franc grapes themselves. I’ve been very California-focused as of late and this Baudry wine is (at least for me) walking a fine line between those Napa Cabs and Petite Syrahs that I’ve been tasting from this side of the ocean. A medium finish… 

Still recovering from severe sleep deprivation, I’m not going to lay on the menu too thick this time. (I promise to make that up in new Notes entries soon enough.) Just know I’m impossibly happy to be home, and even more so to be out on the town with this special lady. Oh yeah, the wine’s been a fun experience too! A rare trip overseas for this guy but much appreciated. Hoping you do too and thanks as always for your readership and kind words. 

Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet 2011

Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet 2011, France.

Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet 2011, France.

Our second tasting at Wine Therapy was the Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet 2011.  This lovely, light import from the Loire Valley region of France was, for me, a clear winner.  It followed on the heels of the sparkling Rosé and had all kinds of citrus undertones that were enjoyable on the nose and the palate.  If, like me, you’re less a fan of oak or Chardonnay, this might be right up your alley.

Our knowledgeable host remarked that the Muscadet, made from the melon grape, “stayed crisp on the finish” and showcased its “minerally structure“, which I’m sure (quick bit of Internet research confirms this) is attributed to the soils in this region.  The Muscadet appellation lies just below Nantes on the western end of the Loire Valley.

We passed several restaurants in SoHo and Lolita on the walking tour that placed us in this little wine shop, and I would have gladly taken the Muscadet into any of them to accompany a seafood appetizer–maybe some mussels or clams?–or a light salad or pasta entree.  If you can already envision this bottle in your wine sleeve, chilling and perspiring in the warm summer sun, then I’ve done my job here.  You’d be smiling with your friends and enjoying a nice, affordable bottle of Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet.