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Thursday, 3 December 2009

2008 Chinon, Domaine de la Roncée, Baudry-Dutour

2008 Chinon, Domaine de la Roncée, Baudry-Dutour

On Tuesday night we arrived in Inverness after an eight hour train ride up from London. Fancying a glass or so of red wine I rushed out around 8.30pm expecting to have no problem finding an off-Licence that was open in the centre of town. Sadly with absolutely no success – Oddbins closed at 7pm and Morrisons at 8pm. Had I been prepared to walk at lot further I would have found a couple of Tesco stores open. Instead it was a question of having a dram. No wonder Tesco continues to gain market share!

The following day I dropped into Oddbins and picked up the 2008 Chinon, Domaine de la Roncée , Baudry-Dutour (£11.99) – the first time I have tasted this 2008 Chinon since it was bottled. Medium weight this 2008 is drinking well now with attractively bright, red fruits and some length. It can also be kept for at least another two or three years. Oddbins appear to be the only UK company stocking this wine as there is no UK entry on wine-searcher for it.

Report on Baudry-Dutour based on visit in March 2009.

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