Variety: Chenin Blanc
Country, Region: France, Loire Valley
Appellation: Quarts de Chaume
'At fifteen years of age this wine has a rather restrained hue, a finely polished pale gold hue, without the depth that would suggest heavy botrytis. In keeping with this the nose feels pure and lifted, precisely styled rather than richly hedonistic. The aromatics are redolent of desiccated fruits, dried and perfumed apple and pear, with a warm and generous streak of apricot and mango, lifted by the barest hint of citrus and praline. A plush and polished weight ensues on the palate, so fresh and pure, showing citrus and orchard fruits cut with a talc and balsam-infused texture. In the finish, deliciously bright and fresh, with crisp acidity forming a frame around the texture and substance of the wine. Overall it is defined by its purity, its freshness, and its bright acidity. Balanced and long, it has fine potential.' 94 points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor, November 2019.
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.