Variety: Chenin Blanc
Country, Region: France, Loire Valley
Appellation: Quarts de Chaume
From one of the greatest sweet wine vintages of last century in France. This vintage was cooler with good acidity and moderate development of botrytis leading to some spectacular sweet wines coming from this vintage. Made by Florents father, Jean Baumard, this is made in a more traditional way to the wines produced now. Showing great depth and some gently honeyed character with more solids apparent on the palate than more recent vintages. This wine is still effortless and lithe and glides over the palate in waves of honey spice and gently candied citrus flavours carried by gentle acidity still giving shape and refreshment to this utterly riveting and moderately sweet wine. Almost defies description to partake in such a great wine in such great condition having been re-corked in 2007 then laid to rest in the cellar for some years to recover before being re-released by the domaine in the last decade.
“If there ever was God in a glass, this is it.” Matt Kramer
These are simply some of the worlds greatest sweet wines. Made from 100% Chenin blanc these wines will age superbly.
“..there is no doubt in my mind that the Quarts de Chaume from Domaine des Baumard remains, in many vintages, one of the finest examples of the appellation. The methods behind the wine are unique, and seem to me to be at odds with the Quarts de Chaume's proven capability of producing naturally botrytis-dried, wind-dried grapes of complex flavour, and as such they should certainly be put up for debate. But we should not judge purely on methodology, but also on results, as we cannot ignore the finished product. Judging solely by what is in the glass these taut and vibrant wines, with their remarkably crystalline and minerally-quartzy character, usually countered by their soothing, polished sweetness, are delightful examples of the Quarts de Chaume appellation.” 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