Variety: Chenin Blanc
Country, Region: France, Loire Valley
'A warmer vintage, and yet not as expressive on the nose as I expected, showing one a little restrained blanched almond and white flower, and this gentle character is matched on the start of the palate which shows a soft, polished texture at the start. In the middle, it feels more substantial, more grippy, with a dense seam of solid fruit, and perhaps more what I expect from the vintage. I find ripe fruit here, apricot, peach and golden pear, certainly richer with a broader fruit character, but it is still wrapped up in that taut, tight, saline frame. Good potential here.' 17/20 points, Dr Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor, February 2015.
Domaine des Baumard
'When this small portion of Anjou Coteaux de la Loire produced only sweet wines, the AOC regulations set a correspondingly low maximum yield. This concentrates the wines on four southeast-facing slopes of volcanic debris that produce the world’s greatest dry Chenin Blanc. Bone-dry to dry wines of great mineral intensity, Savennières can be some of the longest-lived dry white wines in the world. Most critics believe that the single greatest Savennières is Nicolas Joly’s Clos de la Coulée de Serrant and, while I agree that it is one of the greatest wines of the Loire, I think that Baumard’s Clos du Papillon (not to be confused with Clos du Papillon from other growers) consistently displays greater elegance and finesse.' Tom Stephenson, The Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia, 2011.
'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