Variety: 80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Chenin Blanc
Country, Region: France, Loire Valley
Appellation: Cremant de Loire
Low dosage (4-5 g/L) ensures a fine crisp aperitif style with finesse.
'Very pale, bright pink with a steady bead. Shy aromas of strawberry, blood orange, rose and spices, plus a hint of honeysuckle. Very fresh and expansive on the palate, offering pure red fruit and sweet citrus flavors and subtle minerality. A strikingly elegant, precise, understated bubbly that makes plenty of pink Champagnes seem somewhat crude. The precise, spicy finish leaves dusty mineral and strawberry notes behind.' Steve Tanzer
'These wines are all Crémant de Loire, an appellation which allows for Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and a select group of other varieties alongside the ubiquitous Chenin Blanc. I think my favourite in this line-up is the Carte Corail, a rosé made from 100% Cabernet Franc (occasionally with a little Grolleau).' thewinedoctor.com
'Florent Baumard is one of the world’s best winemakers, and you probably don’t know him. That’s because he produces Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley, an all-too-often overlooked region. Baumard produces a range of dry and sweet wines, topped by his Quarts de Chaume. And perhaps the best part of Baumard’s new wines is that they are now all under screw cap. Bravo to Florent Baumard for making this decision based on quality, not marketing.' James Molesworth, Wine Spectator, March 2007