Variety: Chenin Blanc
Country, Region: France, Loire Valley
The vines for this cuvée are located between Clos du Papillon and the Roche aux Moines slope of Savennières. Shows pristine purity and great depth of fruit.
'Florent Baumard’s other 7.5 hectares are contained entirely within the Clos Ste Yves, and the resulting wine may be marketed either as Clos Ste Yves (particularly in foreign markets or for the on-trade) or under the straight Domaine des Baumard label for other customers. The soils are schist, well suited to Chenin Blanc which accounts for 6.5 hectares of the Baumard vines, the remaining 1 hectare having been planted with Verdelho until recently. Florent says that his father acquired the vines by accident, having purchased them in the dead of winter, the absence of leaves and other distinguishing features meaning the vines went unnoticed. It was only as the following year progressed, and they displayed their many differences, did he realise he had a hectare of Verdelho on his hands.' thewinedoctor.com
'Having acquired their first vines in the appellation in 1968, today Savennières remains a linchpin in the Baumard portfolio. Florent has 14.5 hectares, divided almost evenly between two vineyards, Clos du Papillon and Clos Ste Yves. Both plots are located just to the north and east of the village of Savennières, between the Moulin de Gué on the slope above, and the Château de Varennes below, next to the railway line. They were purchased from the Pirie family, who were inhabitants of this château. The former clos is perhaps the best known and seems the most popular with die-hard Baumard fans and neophytes alike, so it is perhaps worthy of consideration first.' thewinedoctor.com
'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