Domaine des Hauts Baigneux Blanc Chenin 2018

2018 Hauts Baigneux Azay-le-Rideau 'Blanc Chenin'

Hauts Baigneux, though relatively new on the scene, is a legend in the making. Chenin Blanc is their “game,” and their newest release personifies the dramatic heights Chenin can reach.

From certified organic vineyards and produced with old vines, their ‘Blanc Chenin’ cuvee balances its broad and rich texture with its mineralic verve. I bought every bottle my distributor had available, and I feel like the price is more than fair.

Domaine des Haut Baigneux Azay le Rideau Blanc Chenin

2018 Domaine des Hauts Baigneux Azay-le-Rideau ‘Blanc Chenin’

‘Grand Cru’ Chenin Blanc from one of the hottest new producers in the Loire Valley! Just 500 cases produced!!

To order, stop by the store or click here to order in our online store.

Domaine des Hauts Baigneux was founded in 2013 by childhood friends Nicolas Grosbois and Philippe Mesnier. They purchased 12 hectares of vines in Azay-le-Rideau, just east of Chinon, and they immediately set about on an ambitious project to reintroduce the wines of this excellent though relatively unknown terroir.

I must say before I tasted this wine, I had never heard of Azay-le-Rideau, but now I know why folks are buying up parcels of old Chenin Blanc like crazy right now. This terroir, in my humble opinion, will one day in the pretty near future be considered at least the equal of Vouvray and Savennieres, and this estate will help it get there.

The ‘Blanc Chenin’ cuvee comes from a single vineyard planted in Saché, close to the former studio of Alexander Calder, the famous American sculptor. Most of the vines were planted in the 1950’s, and thus low yielding, and this wine is a testament to both the towering quality of this terroir and of Chenin Blanc.

Fermented with native yeasts in demi-muids, the wine is aged for 18 months on its fine lees in concrete vats. It is bottled un-fined with light filtration, and the finished wine is pure magic. Golden-hued and showcasing honeyed and spiced fruit on the nose, the palate is rich and oily yet nervy and fresh. I’ll leave it at that for today, as I want you to experience this wine for yourself.

It is definitely an experience in a bottle. My advice — get at least 3 bottles, and enjoy one now and save the rest for future “experiences.”

To order, stop by the store or click here to order in our online store.

Josh Spurling
Owner, Operator, Wine Monger
Table Wine Asheville