From the first official "Grand Cru" of the Loire Valley. Planted on schist, quartz, rhyolite, spilite and a couple of other soil types. Harvested pretty late in the vintage to allow for plenty of botrytis and harvested in a number pf passes ('tries') through the vineyard and then very carefully handled on the way back to the winery. It is then pressed and fermented in stainless steel where it remains on fine lees for 9 months. Stunning on the nose with nuances of jasmine, persimmon and ginger which translate onto the palate in addition to the mandarin and honeycomb.
Florent tells me the family drinks this incredible wine with blue cheese or foie gras but pairs equally well with poached fruits.
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.