Variety: Chenin Blanc
Country, Region: France, Loire Valley
Appellation: Quarts de Chaume
'In this vintage Florent moved to bottling his entire production in the Quarts de Chaume appellation in 500 ml format. Fresh with layers of yellow and white peach scented with jasmine, lemon peel and white freesias. The palate has a simply divine poise and breadth, with a silky, tightly formed texture, supported by a rich phenolic grip. It presents an array of floral white fruits, with its great purity reinforced by its fresh veins of acidity. Deliciously formed, bright and pure, with a dense, velvety and creamy texture, but countered by structure and freshness, this has great length and serious potential. I can see it going for a few decades in a decent cellar. The alcohol on the label is 12%.' 94 points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor, February 2023.
'Aromas of baked pears, green apples, sage and thyme. Medium-bodied with charming sweetness. Supple and bright with a solid core of candied berries and fresh flowers. Honey and almond skin. Lovely length here too. Seriously tasty. Drink or hold.' 94 points, Stuart Pigott, JS Wine Ratings, October 2022.
'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