About This Wine...
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.
“Trie Speciale” is a special selection of the best and ripest grapes chosen from several ‘tries’ or passes through the vineyard.This wine is produced only in great vintages.
A dry white wine of exceptional potential, powerful, rich and textured with an incredible age-ability.
96 points Wine & Spirits “Year’s Best Loire Wines: #1 Savennieres. Selected over the course of a series of passes through Baumard’s 10-acre vineyard in Savennières, aged for nine months in stainless steel on the fine lees, this is a wine that keeps getting better each time you pass it by your nose and take a luscious sip. Immediately, it buzzes with quince flavor, delicate to the touch, expansive and bold as the fruit crests in a wave over sandstone and schist. What may seem at first merely delicious becomes numinous as it engages with oxygen, capturing the grandeur of the Loire more often appreciated in the châteaux and ancient cathedrals than in a young chenin blanc. Cellar this for ten years for a grand tour of Savennières.” April 2014
93 points Wine Enthusiast “A mature and ripe wine, with great nut and biscuit flavors to go with the full yellow fruits. An impressively dense wine, it’s a wine that can age, but is ready to drink now. Screwcap.” October 2013
91 points Wine Spectator “Salted butter, chamomile and quinine notes are followed by hints of Earl Grey tea, Anjou pear and green melon in this white, culminating with a fine, minerally finish. Should open steadily with mid-term cellaring. Drink now through 2020.” June 2013
“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
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.