Variety: 40% Cabernet Franc, 30% Chardonnay, 30% 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.
'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). As for the Carte Turquoise, the base material here is an assemblage of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Whatever the differences between the wines, the dosage takes these to 6 g/l, as Florent feels this allows for a better expression of the fruit.' thewinedoctor.com
Domaine des Baumard
'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