Variety: Chenin Blanc
Country, Region: France, Loire Valley
'This starts out in a quiet place, just a clean, bright and complete wine with scents of honeysuckle. Tangerine and fragrant pear. There’s an undertow of minerality, layering earthiness beneath the fruit as it sustains the flavor and just keeps building in the end. Until suddenly, when you come back to the wine several hours later, it’s completely delicious, still gentile in the delivery of flowers and schist. Perhaps it’s not the longest-aging vintage, but this is a great wine decant and enjoy over the next several years.' 93 points, Wine and Spirits, April 2017.
'Pale gold with brilliant highlights. Ripe nose showing smoky minerality, honeyed presence and dried fruits. Lots of volume on the palate combined with a velvety sensation by remarkable mature fruit. A superlative wine in its prime.' 93 points, Gilbert & Gaillard, October 2016.
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