Variety: Chenin Blanc
Country, Region: France, Loire Valley
Appellation: Quarts de Chaume
'This displays a polished, fresh, shimmering golden hue in the glass. It starts off looking a reluctant, with a rather introverted nose, at first revealing subtle flinty, smoky and minerally notes. With a little time it reveals threads of apricot, grilled yellow peach and honeyed orange blossom, with little nuances of toasted nut and vanilla, but on the whole it seems, from an aromatic point of view, surprisingly quiet. It is on the palate that the wine reveals its potential, as it has delicious substance here, showing broad and textured, and full of creamed-fruit richness. And there is more character here than was revealed on the nose, with roasted plum and peach fruit, a grilled-nut richness, notes of toast, and intriguing complexities of black liquorice, black bean and salt. Great substance, and great length too. A very fine style in the end, with decades ahead of it yet.' 96 points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor, December 2018.
These are simply some of the worlds greatest sweet wines. Made from 100% Chenin Blanc they 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.' Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor.
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.