Variety: Chenin Blanc
Country, Region: France, Loire Valley
Appellation: Quarts de Chaume
'The nose is full of youthful orchard fruits, with scents of cherry blossom, apricot and peach, but with a floral, open freshness. The palate has a very pure, sorbet-like character, with sweetly polished English apples, dripping with sugar syrup, with a prominent leafy, rather herbaceous freshness to it all. There is a very full, peppery-mineral backbone to it all too, and certainly some strident acidity. A striking wine, with an unusual juxtaposition of rather green and herbaceous fruit yet with great sweetness, with a very pure style, unfettered by any elements suggestive of botrytis. The residual sugar is 130 g/l.' 91 points, Chris Kissack, Wine Doctor, February 2015.
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