2017 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume
Unique location and terroir properties are the basis of these Quarts de Chaumes, the Chaume is a tributary of the Loire. When autumn sets in, the water cools down considerably and morning mist creates the possibility of noble rot. The grapes are picked, shriveled and well, in several picking passes (tries). The subsoil consists of, among other things, gray schist layers and quartz. Clear, deep golden yellow wine with green sparkles. Rich and complex on the nose with hints of honey, pear, apricot, flowers and almonds. On the palate a sweet, lush but fresh and rich wine, remarkable texture, bold but fresh, pure and elegant. Purebred, mineral, complex flavor from floral to citrus and a complete fruit orchard. A party in itself.
For this classic cuvée wine, the grapes are hand-picked from older vines. Only overripe, shriveled and/or botrytis-blessed grapes are harvested, in several successive pickings. The yield is very low, 22-25 hl/ha. After pneumatic pressing, fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, under controlled temperatures. .
ABOUT DOMAINES DES BAUMARD
The Domaine des Baumard is located in the heart of the Loire Valley, in Rochefort sur Loire, approximately 20 km southeast of Angers. The domain is located on a small noble estate from the 17th century, Logis de la Giraudière. Wine has been made here since 1634! After the devastating invasion of the American voracious louse phylloxera, the family estate became a grafting and breeding site of new vines on American rootstocks. Brought in 1955
Jean Baumard returns wine growing to the domain. In the 1950s and 60s he expanded the domain with vineyards in Anjou itself, but also on the other side of the Loire river: Quarts de Chaume, Savennières. In 1987, Florent Baumard took over the domain from his father with one goal in mind: combining the specific terroir characteristics with excellent technical knowledge and skills. The result is a true aromatic
explosion and a very homogeneous wine range. The Savennières AOC area is less than 130 hectares in size and has a legally imposed maximum yield of 50 hl/ha. The 'Clos du Papillon' takes its name from the butterfly (papillon) shape of the 10 hectare vineyard above the village of Savennières. The Baumard part of the Clos du Papillon is located in the eastern 'wing' of the butterfly, with an ideal location to the south. The soil consists of a mixture of here and there fissured and weathered, shiny beige, gray or even purplish slate, and sandstone, sometimes purple, sometimes greenish due to the high feldspar content.
Baumard is located in the heart of Anjou, in the town of Rochefort-sur-Loire, just south of Savennières. The domain has been family owned since 1634. Where Jean Baumard developed it in the 1950s, his son Florent has made it one of the best wine producers in the Loire Valley today. Florent is considered one of a kind by many leading wine magazines.
He makes several cuvées of Savennières, the great dry chenin blanc, in addition to very nice Coteaux de Layon. The domain works organically, without certification. Florent Baumard believes that human intervention should remain possible in both vineyard and wine cellar. His Quarts de Chaume is a real icon in the international wine world; this vineyard has recently been elevated to grand cru status!
|Type of Wine
|Domaine des Baumard
|Drinking as of
|Aromatic, Complex, Powerful, Mineral, Rich, Round, Steenfruit, Full, Sweet
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe