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Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 750ml 2009
Sku: 10348
Plump fig and quince fruit with pretty hints of spice and minerals in the background, while the fruit takes center stage. Nice dry, minerally finish. Enjoy with cheeses and nuts.
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Critics Ratings:       (3)
Product Information
Country: France
Region: Loire
Sub-Region: Anjou-Saumur
Appellation: Savennieres
Grape Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Type: Still wine
Reg. $26.44
On Sale $22.99
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The Savennieres is a dry, honeyed white of unmatched concentration, perfume and longevity.
Wine Advocate 89 points - I tasted the Baumard 2009 Savennieres as an approximation to its final shape, since some of the lots that either had not - or had only partly - undergone malo-lactic fermentation might well evolve further in that direction before the wine is bottled in September. At this early stage, the overall impression is soft and not especially focused, but there is compensatory richness of quince and pear fruit, nut oil richness, alluring creaminess of texture, and lily-of-the-valley-the-valley and iris floral perfume that wafts all the way through a sustained, wet stone-underlain finish. A hint of fresh lime serves for some sense of refreshment despite the wine’s overall softness, and as with the 2008, I sense less bitterness and greater buoyancy than in vintages a few years past. I suspect though that this will be best enjoyed during its first 2-3 years of bottled life.  (Aug 2010)

Wine Enthusiast 92 points - To harvest this wine, successive passes are made through the vines to get the ripest grapes. The result is a rounded, very rich wine, whose ripe fruits are right up front. There is some caramel and bitter almond, with a smooth final texture. It has weight and a good future over 3-5 years. Screwcap.  (Oct 2013)

Wine Spectator 92 points - Beautifully pure, with salted butter, chamomile and quinine notes lacing up a core of creamed Jonagold apple and lanolin flavors. The long, creamy finish lets the chamomile edge play out elegantly. Drink now through 2018.J.M. (Nov 21 2012)

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Plump fig and quince fruit with pretty hints of spice and minerals in the background, while the fruit takes center stage. Nice dry, minerally finish. Enjoy with cheeses and nuts.
Technical notes
The fruit is sourced from two two lieux-dits, the Clos du Papillon and the Clos St. Yves. Soils are primarily schist and the vines are trained in the vignes hautes et larges (VHL) model. Grapes were hand-picked and pressed before fermentation in temperature controlled steel tanks. Like his father Jean, Florent does not actively encourage nor discourage malolactic fermentation.

Tucked away in the village of Rochefort-sur-Loire, just south of the town of Savennieres is Domaine des Baumard. Founded by the Baumard family in 1634, the estate is considered a reference point for Savennieres and the sweet wines of Coteaux du Layon. Currently managed by the third generation of the family, Florent farms in an organic manner and believes in minimal intervention in the vineyard and in the cellar. Yields are kept low (generally 1.5 -2.5 tons per acre) and the grapes are hand-harvested and pressed as quickly as possible to preserve freshness and aroma. Starting with the 2005 vintage, Florent bottled all of his wines (except the Cremant) with Stelvin closures. “Florent Baumard is a brilliant winemaker. If he had been born a Californian, Burgundian or Bordelais, wealthy vineyard owners would be standing in line to employ his services as a consultant…a young, handsome, ever-smiling sort, Baumard quietly fashions some of the world’s most complex dry and sweet wines in the sleepy village of Rochefort-sur-Loire. ~ Pierre Rovani, Wine Advocate