Vintage 2017

Quarts de Chaume, Domaine Des Baumard

Domaine des Baumard
Product Code: BM08ZZWC

Tasting Notes

An incredible ability to age and improve in the cellar .The greatest wine of the Loire valley. It benefits from a unique situation and terroir. The wines from this vineyard have an extremely rare elegance, and a remarkable texture that balances out against an equally impressive richness and powerful cleansing acidity. It expresses a precise bouquet of flowers, citrus and a wide range of orchard fruits. Bright youth, aromas of very pure fresh fruit, peach, nectarine, mirabelle, an elegance that translates into acacia flowers, a wine with complex aromatics, in a crystalline and youthful profile that will improve from year to year.

Profile

Chenin Blanc
11
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Domaine des Baumard
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            [Notes1] => An incredible ability to age and improve in the cellar .The greatest wine of the Loire valley. It benefits from a unique situation and terroir. The wines from this vineyard have an extremely rare elegance, and a remarkable texture that balances out against an equally impressive richness and powerful cleansing acidity. It expresses a precise bouquet of flowers, citrus and a wide range of orchard fruits.

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            [Notes2] => The 6 hectares of Quarts de Chaume vineyards owned by the Baumards are on terraces carved into the steeply sided, south facing slopes overlook the Layon River, aprroximately 6 kilometres south of the Loire River. The complex soils are made up of a sandy schist, quartz and igneous, volcanic rocks. Planted with 100% Chenin Blanc the vineyards are worked by minimum intervention. The soils are lightly ploughed when necessary and grass is sown every other row helping to improve the soil structure and lessen the need for intervention. Harvesting is done by hand with several selections in the same parcel during the harvest to ensure optimum grape ripeness. Yields are tiny, usually ranging from 5-18 hectolitres per hectare.
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            [MediaNotes] => Wine &Spirits 97/100 - Andreas Larson 95/100 - Le Point 16/20 - Gilbert et Gaillard 96/100			

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The domaine today stands at 40 hectares in size and most of the production is from the Chenin Blanc grape, from which sparkling,
dry and sweet wines are all produced. The uneven ripening of the Chenin Blanc grape in the region enables Florent to harvest at
different times thus producing different styles. This means of course that all harvesting is done by hand and often several pickings will
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The Savennières vineyards are situated on the right bank of the Loire on schist soils whilst the sweet wines come from the left bank
between the Loire and the Layon. The dry whites of Savennières are all fermented in tank and a pragmatic approach is adopted
regarding malolactic fermentation depending on the vintage. 
                    [Notes5] =>  These wines number amongst France’s very finest dry whites with
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The sweet whites are quite simply glorious and prove themselves even more so with age. When compared with older, more
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citrus fruit and brioche, long after their more esteemed colleagues have faded into wines of heavy raisiny, caramel characteristics.
Much of these fresh, precise qualities come from the work in the vineyards and the cellar but a hugely contributing factor must be the
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professor of viticulture and oenology, who from the mid-1950s brought a dynamic and scientific edge to the grape growing and wine 
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the early 17th century it was the arrival of Jean Baumard in 1955 that saw its emergence as one of the Loire Valley’s key producers.
Jean, professor of Viticulture and Oenology at the Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture et de Viticulture d’Angers, brought a dynamic and
scientific mind to a region that had muddled along without ever thrusting itself to the fore. His work not only helped raise the profile
of Savennières but also brought worldwide attention to the remarkable sweet wines of Quarts de Chaume. Jean began to take a back
seat in 1987 as Florent, Jean’s son, returned to the estate, freshly qualified from his studies in Burgundy, keen to take things even
further. Florent’s ability has been to add flair to Jean’s precision and under his guidance the estate has become a beacon of quality as
well as a defender of a certain style; a more reductive, less flashy form of winemaking where the wines tend to show themselves only
after a few years in bottle but that then have the potential to age for many, many years further.
The domaine today stands at 40 hectares in size and most of the production is from the Chenin Blanc grape, from which sparkling,
dry and sweet wines are all produced. The uneven ripening of the Chenin Blanc grape in the region enables Florent to harvest at
different times thus producing different styles. This means of course that all harvesting is done by hand and often several pickings will
need to be done in the same parcel.
The Savennières vineyards are situated on the right bank of the Loire on schist soils whilst the sweet wines come from the left bank
between the Loire and the Layon. The dry whites of Savennières are all fermented in tank and a pragmatic approach is adopted
regarding malolactic fermentation depending on the vintage. 
                    [Notes5] =>  These wines number amongst France’s very finest dry whites with
hugely complex palates of flavour, ranging from pear and almond to fennel, asparagus and mushroom. The mouthfeel, depending on
the year, makes you think either of a German Riesling or a Cote de Beaune Chardonnay but throughout is the core of minerality that
surely throws into question those that believe minerality doesn’t exist.
The sweet whites are quite simply glorious and prove themselves even more so with age. When compared with older, more
celebrated sweet wines after 15-20 years, then the pedigree shines through. They remain vibrant and fresh with notes of honey,
citrus fruit and brioche, long after their more esteemed colleagues have faded into wines of heavy raisiny, caramel characteristics.
Much of these fresh, precise qualities come from the work in the vineyards and the cellar but a hugely contributing factor must be the
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                    [Notes1] => An estate in the Baumard family since the 17th century, the wines only 
really came to the fore under the stewardship of Jean Baumard, 
professor of viticulture and oenology, who from the mid-1950s brought a dynamic and scientific edge to the grape growing and wine 
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the early 17th century it was the arrival of Jean Baumard in 1955 that saw its emergence as one of the Loire Valley’s key producers.
Jean, professor of Viticulture and Oenology at the Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture et de Viticulture d’Angers, brought a dynamic and
scientific mind to a region that had muddled along without ever thrusting itself to the fore. His work not only helped raise the profile
of Savennières but also brought worldwide attention to the remarkable sweet wines of Quarts de Chaume. Jean began to take a back
seat in 1987 as Florent, Jean’s son, returned to the estate, freshly qualified from his studies in Burgundy, keen to take things even
further. Florent’s ability has been to add flair to Jean’s precision and under his guidance the estate has become a beacon of quality as
well as a defender of a certain style; a more reductive, less flashy form of winemaking where the wines tend to show themselves only
after a few years in bottle but that then have the potential to age for many, many years further.
The domaine today stands at 40 hectares in size and most of the production is from the Chenin Blanc grape, from which sparkling,
dry and sweet wines are all produced. The uneven ripening of the Chenin Blanc grape in the region enables Florent to harvest at
different times thus producing different styles. This means of course that all harvesting is done by hand and often several pickings will
need to be done in the same parcel.
The Savennières vineyards are situated on the right bank of the Loire on schist soils whilst the sweet wines come from the left bank
between the Loire and the Layon. The dry whites of Savennières are all fermented in tank and a pragmatic approach is adopted
regarding malolactic fermentation depending on the vintage. 
                    [Notes5] =>  These wines number amongst France’s very finest dry whites with
hugely complex palates of flavour, ranging from pear and almond to fennel, asparagus and mushroom. The mouthfeel, depending on
the year, makes you think either of a German Riesling or a Cote de Beaune Chardonnay but throughout is the core of minerality that
surely throws into question those that believe minerality doesn’t exist.
The sweet whites are quite simply glorious and prove themselves even more so with age. When compared with older, more
celebrated sweet wines after 15-20 years, then the pedigree shines through. They remain vibrant and fresh with notes of honey,
citrus fruit and brioche, long after their more esteemed colleagues have faded into wines of heavy raisiny, caramel characteristics.
Much of these fresh, precise qualities come from the work in the vineyards and the cellar but a hugely contributing factor must be the
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really came to the fore under the stewardship of Jean Baumard, 
professor of viticulture and oenology, who from the mid-1950s brought a dynamic and scientific edge to the grape growing and wine 
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                    [Notes4] =>  The Domaine des Baumard is based in the small town
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the early 17th century it was the arrival of Jean Baumard in 1955 that saw its emergence as one of the Loire Valley’s key producers.
Jean, professor of Viticulture and Oenology at the Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture et de Viticulture d’Angers, brought a dynamic and
scientific mind to a region that had muddled along without ever thrusting itself to the fore. His work not only helped raise the profile
of Savennières but also brought worldwide attention to the remarkable sweet wines of Quarts de Chaume. Jean began to take a back
seat in 1987 as Florent, Jean’s son, returned to the estate, freshly qualified from his studies in Burgundy, keen to take things even
further. Florent’s ability has been to add flair to Jean’s precision and under his guidance the estate has become a beacon of quality as
well as a defender of a certain style; a more reductive, less flashy form of winemaking where the wines tend to show themselves only
after a few years in bottle but that then have the potential to age for many, many years further.
The domaine today stands at 40 hectares in size and most of the production is from the Chenin Blanc grape, from which sparkling,
dry and sweet wines are all produced. The uneven ripening of the Chenin Blanc grape in the region enables Florent to harvest at
different times thus producing different styles. This means of course that all harvesting is done by hand and often several pickings will
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The Savennières vineyards are situated on the right bank of the Loire on schist soils whilst the sweet wines come from the left bank
between the Loire and the Layon. The dry whites of Savennières are all fermented in tank and a pragmatic approach is adopted
regarding malolactic fermentation depending on the vintage. 
                    [Notes5] =>  These wines number amongst France’s very finest dry whites with
hugely complex palates of flavour, ranging from pear and almond to fennel, asparagus and mushroom. The mouthfeel, depending on
the year, makes you think either of a German Riesling or a Cote de Beaune Chardonnay but throughout is the core of minerality that
surely throws into question those that believe minerality doesn’t exist.
The sweet whites are quite simply glorious and prove themselves even more so with age. When compared with older, more
celebrated sweet wines after 15-20 years, then the pedigree shines through. They remain vibrant and fresh with notes of honey,
citrus fruit and brioche, long after their more esteemed colleagues have faded into wines of heavy raisiny, caramel characteristics.
Much of these fresh, precise qualities come from the work in the vineyards and the cellar but a hugely contributing factor must be the
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Producer >

An estate in the Baumard family since the 17th century, the wines only really came to the fore under the stewardship of Jean Baumard, professor of viticulture and oenology, who from the mid-1950s brought a dynamic and scientific edge to the grape growing and wine production. Jean, after purchasing land in Savennières became the first vigneron of the region to own land on both sides of the Loire River. In the late 1980s, Jean’s son, Florent, took over the 40 hectare property after his studies in Burgundy and set about adding a certain flair to the wines, building upon Jean’s precision. Unoaked Chenin Blanc wines are the focus of the domaine whether they be dry (Savennières), sweet (Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume) or sparkling. They have incredible ageing potential of several decades.

Viticulture >

The 6 hectares of Quarts de Chaume vineyards owned by the Baumards are on terraces carved into the steeply sided, south facing slopes overlook the Layon River, aprroximately 6 kilometres south of the Loire River. The complex soils are made up of a sandy schist, quartz and igneous, volcanic rocks. Planted with 100% Chenin Blanc the vineyards are worked by minimum intervention. The soils are lightly ploughed when necessary and grass is sown every other row helping to improve the soil structure and lessen the need for intervention. Harvesting is done by hand with several selections in the same parcel during the harvest to ensure optimum grape ripeness. Yields are tiny, usually ranging from 5-18 hectolitres per hectare.

Awards +

Wine &Spirits 97/100 - Andreas Larson 95/100 - Le Point 16/20 - Gilbert et Gaillard 96/100

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