International Wine Cellar | Rating: 92($80) Vivid gold. An exotically perfumed bouquet displays pear nectar, orange pith, honey and marzipan. Fleshy, palate-coating pit fruit flavors are complemented by anise, truffle and honey, with a stony mineral underpinning. The finish is broad, smooth and sweet, leaving exotic mango and candied orange notes behind. Showing very good complexity now but possesses the structure and depth to age for a long time.Author: Josh RaynoldsIssue: May/June 2010
Wine Spectator | Rating: 98A jaw dropper, with orange blossom, persimmon, fig and quince flavors that remain remarkably bright and light, thanks to the riveting acidity and a superfine, minerally finish. Pure and perfectly balanced, this refuses to break down in the mouth. The best since the monster 1995. 1,200 cases made.Author: James Molesworth
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92Given a hard act to follow in the 2004, Baumard's 2005 Quarts de Chaume displays the most obviously botrytized, white raisin, and shriveled fruit character of any of their recent wines that I tasted. Over-ripe melon and pear, candied grapefruit, marzipan and raisin are accented by brown spices and herbal candy notes. Impressively lush and long, this should evolve interestingly over up to two decades, but will doubtless remain relatively plump and baroque in character.Author: David Schildknecht
Self | Rating: 93Author: gotwine
Self | Rating: 94Drink Dates: 2017-2032Author: StuTarheel
Self | Rating: 95An absolutely delectable dessert, full of dried apricot, strawberry preserve, honeysuckle blossom, over-ripe pineapple and a m?lange of sweet spices that never overwhelm or cloy. While the wine was exceptionally endowed and rich, the precision, delineation and focus are what set Baumard apart from the rest of the pack. The poor man?s Y?quem of the Loire strikes againDrink Dates: 04-01-2008Author: Brad Coelho
Anonymous | Rating: 83CorkedDrink Dates: 2007-2011Author: rpose
Self | Rating: 97Explodes on the palate with orange zest, quince and jasmine, with a little sea spray (mineral?) on the finish. The texture and weight is very light - almost airy - but the flavors are intense and focused. Fruit, mineral and acidity all in balance. Very well made. I would suspect even those who claim not to like sweet wines would like this. Screw cap.Drink Dates: 2008-2025Author: PurpleTeeth
Self | Rating: 93Pencil shavings, smoke, and pear on the nose. Supple yet structured mouth feel. Terrific bottle.Drink Dates: 2009-2030Author: JMC22
Self | Rating: 97pure, blissful nectarAuthor: Gregg MV
Anonymous | Rating:Sokolin reccom. No idea what this is likeAuthor: Nick Riley
Self | Rating: 97WOW.As good as the hype. Rich, apricots, citrus, |white strawberry|, unctious,round, integrated and extraordinary long finish. The next day some leftover standing in a glass was still spectacular. Incredibly looking forward to trying over future years as this wine ages but gosh is it great now.Author: swimmer
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The Loire River is the longest river in France and the vineyards that lie along its banks comprise the Loire Valley wine region. France's third largest wine region is home to a collection of grapes, soils, and styles with not much in common aside from a cool climate provided by the northerly latitude. The Loire is best known for its classic expressions of both dry and sweet white wines as well as dry, relatively light-bodied reds.
Chenin Blanc is a non-aromatic variety with medium to full body, high acid, and the ability to produce dry, sweet, still, and sparkling wines. The greatest wines come from the , particularly the sub-regions of and where the highest-quality versions have the ability to age for decades in bottle.
The best site for Chenin Blanc in Touraine is , where still and sparkling wines are produced in both dry and sweet styles. A cool climate and clay soils mean grapes do not fully ripen, and the wines are light to medium in body with fresh fruit and floral notes. Look to for beautiful wines of this style.
The best sites for Chenin Blanc in are and . Grapes in Savennières are harvested late, producing full-bodied, complex, dry wines. Coteaux du Layon is located in the sheltered valley of the River Layon. Noble rot thrives in this environment, and the wines from these sites are sweet, displaying flavors of apricot and citrus peel with aromas of honey, toast, and hay developing with age. The best examples of these wines come from for dry wines and for sweet wines.
Chenin Blanc pairs well with sweet and sour foods, especially Southeast Asian cuisine, as well as fish, turkey, soft cheeses, and squash.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 1372 bottles owned
- 241 collectors
- Average collector rating: 93
(Out of 241 collectors)