Variety: Chenin Blanc
Country, Region: France, Loire Valley
“As always this is a selection from Clos Ste Yves. It is based on richer fruit, which includes a little pourri plein botrytised grapes. The nose has immediate impact, with some lightly mineral, yellow-gold orchard fruits, with a little apricot character. The palate is cool, yet textured, with an appealing supple weight and a deeper flavour character, certainly richer in fruit character but still with a match-sticky freshness to it. Polished, quite appealing, direct, with a full and lightly bitter edge to it, this is a wine full of interest and substance. Clearly a favourable vintage, and I like this style, and the extra touch of richness it brings to the typical Baumard structure. A long and imposing finish. Very good indeed. 17.5/20” thewinedoctor.com February 2015
“For a more texture, approachable style, look to the Trie Speciale, which is much more seductive throughout its life, a characteristic achieved purely by a different level of fruit ripeness at picking.” thewinedoctor.com
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