About This Wine...
“Glorious, sumptuous wine with expansive waxy fruits – melons and ginger spice, rich but impeccably balanced finish long and dry.” John Wilson, the Irish Times 21st April 2018
100% Chenin Blanc
A dry white named after the ancient village of Savennières. Slate and limestone soils on south-facing slopes overlooking the Loire in Anjou, near the city of Angers. Bone-dry, full bodied, assertive and lingering on the palate. No oak, its richness, complexity and age-ability place it among the world’s finest and most distinctive wines.
This wine is distinguished from the other Savennières of the domaine by its character. Fresh and full of minerality while staying powerful, it exudes all the aromatic richness and elegance of Chenin Blanc grown on a great terroir. Much like a butterfly, the wine seems to flutter and fly!
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, August 2010
“The Baumard 2008 Savennieres Clos du Papillon has a hard act to follow given the quality of the vintage’s “standard” bottling. Pronounced nutty piquancy and wet stone in the nose as well as on the palate here mingle with smoky snuffed candle wick and black tea; quince and white peach. Like the corresponding regular bottling from the Clos St. Yves this displays a lighter touch and drier taste than its 2006 and 2007 counterparts here with an almost austere combination of peach kernel crushed stone and graphite mineral messages in its finish. I personally prefer the relative delicacy and refreshment of the former bottling today but this Clos du Papillon grips so authoritatively and combines such a sense of stuffing and stone without becoming heavy or bitter than it must also be counted a singular success likely to keep well for a decade and perhaps beyond. Indeed these are the finest Savennieres that I can recall having tasted from this address.” David Schildknecht
Wine Spectator – Wine Spectator, November 2011
“Delivers fresh-cut pear and green melon flavors with a hint of lanolin framing the finish. This opens steadily with air showing salted butter notes and minerality along the way. Well done for the 2000 cases made.” James Molesworth
Domaine des Baumard is based in the small town of Rochefort sur Loire, in the Anjou region of the Loire Valley. Most of the domaine’s production is from the Chenin Blanc grape, from which sparkling, dry, semi-dry and sweet wines are all produced. The Baumards, produce in the following white appellations: Anjou , Savennieres, Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume. The uneven ripening of the Chenin Blanc grape enables them to harvest at different times thus producing different styles.
This means of course that all harvesting is done by hand. Florent Baumard, who is in charge of the domaine, is without doubt one of the brightest stars of the whole of the Loire Valley . His approach to winemaking is that of a pragmatist who doesn’t ignore the past but also looks to the future. One thing he doesn’t believe in is the use of barrels for his Chenin Blanc. His wines therefore are always crisp and age beautifully whilst showing the full expression of Chenin fruit and the strong mineral core that is found in this part of the Loire.
Florent now bottles all his wines under screwcap.