Domaine Patrick Baudouin Effusion Anjou Blanc 2019
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Vine Age: Planted in the 1990s
Terroir: Blend of parcels on volcanic rock with sandstone conglomerates, atop Anjou Noir’s schist bedrock (dating back 600 to 30 million years ago).
Viticulture: Certified organic (Ecocert)
Vinification: Gently pressed, decanted overnight, indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged in older Burgundian oak barrels, blended and settled in tank before bottling.
One of my favorite producer visits to make each year is with Patrick Baudouin. He is something out of a JRR Tolkien book, perhaps an aspiring wizard (which he may already be) or a guru of sorts, who is not short on opinion when it comes to the winemaking practices of other estates when driving around to visit his.
His vineyards are certified, but well beyond the typical organic practice. Once you set foot in his vineyards, it is hard to keep up with him as he starts a fast paced walk up and down, row after row, taking note of their progress. He is a man at one with his vines and it shows in the delicate nature of his wines.
Patrick’s wines are somewhat magical in expression. His whites, made exclusively from Chenin Blanc, reveal layer after layer of savory notes of fruits, dried herbs and grasses, acacia honey, and spices, all woven together on an ethereal wavelength. He is a musician turned maestro, conducting his vines to deliver soft, beautiful and tranquil music.