100% Chenin Blanc grown on slate soils that include soapstone. Hand-picked off 36 year old vines (the vineyard is in the shape of a butterfly, hence the name) and sorted so that only the best fruit gets a guernsey. The fruit is then whole-bunch pressed and fermented in stainless steel where it remains on fine lees for 9 months. This wine shows glorious flavours of fig, guava and pear and the bottle age has added salty, buttery toast elements to it. A very long finish that takes the beautiful acidity with it the entire journey.
Pair with herbed chicken/turkey or pork chops and savoy cabbage.
Varietal / Blend: Chenin Blanc
Farming Practices: Sustainable
It is in Rochefort sur Loire, in the heart of the Loire Valley, 20 kilometers south west of Angers that the Domaine des Baumard is located, at the Logis de la Giraudière, a manor house from the end of the 18th century.
It is Florent who oversees the destiny of these 40 hectares, spread over the two banks of the Loire. Florent combines rigour and the technical teachings by his father, in his search for the true expression of Loire Chenin Blanc. Sick of the inconsistencies of cork closure, Florent experimented with cap as a closure with some of his wines in 2003 and 2004. The results pleased him greatly and he took the unconventional leap into putting all his wines under Stelvin/screwcap.
Very few will argue that Baumard produce some of the most complex dry and sweet Chenin Blanc.