Baumard

 

Domaine des Baumard: Loire Valley (Savennieres)

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.” 
Wine Spectator – March 2007 – James Molesworth

“The wines from Florent Baumard’s vast domaine have become the world’s best-known ambassadors for their respective appellations”
Robert Parkers Wine Buying Guide #7

“The Baumard style is a very particular one, both Savennières and Quarts de Chaume quite distinctive. Looking at Savennières first, the style can be a little difficult to pigeonhole; avoidance of softening features – in particular fermentation and élevage in cement or steel rather than wood, and the absence of the malolactic fermentation – typifies the old-school style of Savennières, giving wines that are firm, austere, bone-dry and capable of great terroir expression after a few years in bottle.”  thewinedoctor.com

 

Sparkling

NV Cremant de Loire “Carte Turquoise” – 40% Chenin blanc 60% Cabernet franc . Low dosage (5 gms/ltr) ensures a fine crisp aperitif style with finesse.

NV Cremant de Loire “Carte Corail” – 100% cabernet francVery pale, bright pink with a steady bead. Shy aromas of strawberry, blood orange, rose and spices, plus a hint of honeysuckle. Very fresh and expansive on the palate, offering pure red fruit and sweet citrus flavors and subtle minerality. A strikingly elegant, precise, understated bubbly that makes plenty of pink Champagnes seem somewhat crude. The precise, spicy finish leaves dusty mineral and strawberry notes behind.” Steve Tanzer June 2010

Dry wines
2009 Savennieres “Clos de Saint Yves” stelvin-luxe
The vines for this cuvee are located between Clos du Papillon and the Roche aux Moines slope of Savennieres. Shows pristine purity and great depth of fruit.
“The palate has the supple richness of 2009, with a slightly fat weight to it, underpinned by a solid structure; it has some good grip but this is better hidden by the substance of the wine in this vintage.” thewinedoctor.com February 2013

2008 Savennieres “Clos du Papillon” stelvin-luxe
“There is some evolution on the nose here, with blanched almond, and also a little desiccation to the fruit character. It shows a yellow peach-skin character. The palate feels quite supple, open and textured, with a cool fruit character wrapped within the texture though, with bitter citrus and orchard fruits, a little toasted nut too which adds a very interesting twist to it. Polished, with vigour, and plenty of character.” thewinedoctor.com Feb. 2015

2007 Savennieres “Trie Speciale” stelvin-luxe
“The apotheosis of Chenin blanc, and unquestionably a wine to rival Corton-Charlemagne and Montrachet; dense, glycerous and flavor saturated packed with honey nuts and flowers. Andrew Jefford – The New France
“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

2010 Savennieres “Trie Speciale”
“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

 

 Sweet wines:

 

“..there is no doubt in my mind that the Quarts de Chaume from Domaine des Baumard remains, in many vintages, one of the finest examples of the appellation. The methods behind the wine are unique, and seem to me to be at odds with the Quarts de Chaume’s proven capability of producing naturally botrytis-dried, wind-dried grapes of complex flavour, and as such they should certainly be put up for debate. But we should not judge purely on methodology, but also on results, as we cannot ignore the finished product. Judging solely by what is in the glass these taut and vibrant wines, with their remarkably crystalline and minerally-quartzy character, usually countered by their soothing, polished sweetness, are delightful examples of the Quarts de Chaume appellation.” thewinedoctor.com

These are simply some of the worlds greatest sweet wines. Made from 100% Chenin blanc these wines will age superbly.

2011 Coteau du Layon “Carte d’Or stelvin‐luxe
“The residual sugar here is 90 g/l; the maximum for this cuvée tends to be about 100 g/l, otherwise Florent feels it can lack freshness. Sweet pear flesh with a matchsticky overlay on the nose. It has a little honeyed apricot, but on the whole the style is light and open. The palate shows a very appealing concentration, with white peach, white pear flesh, a delightfully matchsticky freshness and also a beautifully bright acidity. For an entry-level cuvée this has very nice fruit and tension, but also a delicious minerally frame for it all. Very good indeed.” thewinedoctor.com Feb ‘15

2004 Coteau du Layon “Le Paon”  
“Seems bright and easy at first, but there is some genuine power to the fig, quince and pear flavors. Excellent definition and lenght thanks to a fine underlying minerality.” 92 points Wine Spectator – May 31st 2006

2014 Le Petit Paon moelleux              500ml
Young cousin of Le Paon which is ‘a secret and original blend of our cepages and terroirs”. Elegant and lively with 129 gms/litre of residual sugar.

2009 Coteau du Layon “Clos St Catherine”
“Plump, ripe and full, featuring a slightly exotic edge to the guava, mango and creamed peach flavors, before a racier side of green plum, honeysuckle and plantain moves in behind. Still youthfully raw, with the fruit bouncing rather than gliding for now. The finish is long, revealing an echo of green almond that bodes well for cellaring.” 94 pts Wine Spectator – Feb 2013

2009 Quarts de Chaume
“Bold, lush and tropical in feel, with creamed papaya and mango notes seamlessly gliding together, while coconut, green plum, ginger, quince and white peach flavors fill in the background. Offers a succulent finish, but stays pure and steady thanks to perfectly embedded acidity.” 96 points Wine Spectator – Feb 2013

2006 Quarts de Chaume – stelvin-luxe  – also limited quantities available of 1999 Quarts de Chaume and 2000 Quarts de Chaume – both in 750ml (cork)
“High-pitched aromas of lemon, green apple and nectarine, with a floral honey quality that gains strength in the glass. Plump orchard and pit fruit nectar flavors are underscored by tangy citrus and mineral notes that buffer the sweetness and add verve. Plenty sweet but the underlying minerality contributes refreshing cut and extends the floral-dominated finish. I really like this wine’s blend of sweetness and vivacity.” 92 points  Steve Tanzer – May/June 2010