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2005 Baumard - Quarts de Chaume

FRANCE / LOIRE VALLEY /
  • 92 WA
  • 98 WS
  • 92 IWC
  • Variety
    Chenin Blanc

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SKU: 57257-2005
  • 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 Raynolds
    Issue: May/June 2010
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 98

    A 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: 92

    Given 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: 93

    Author: gotwine
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Drink Dates: 2017-2032
    Author: StuTarheel
  • Self | Rating: 95

    An 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 again
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Anonymous | Rating: 83

    Corked
    Drink Dates: 2007-2011
    Author: rpose
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Explodes 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: 2008-2025
    Author: PurpleTeeth
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Pencil shavings, smoke, and pear on the nose. Supple yet structured mouth feel. Terrific bottle.
    Drink Dates: 2009-2030
    Author: JMC22
  • Self | Rating: 97

    pure, blissful nectar
    Author: Gregg MV
  • Anonymous | Rating:

    Sokolin reccom. No idea what this is like
    Author: Nick Riley
  • Self | Rating: 97

    WOW.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
The Loire is renowned for spinning straw into gold when it comes to the "ignored" white grapes of the wine world. This leading property in Anjou (in the village of Rochefort sur Loire) has made its stellar reputation cultivating the precocious Chenin Blanc grape. The dry versions - Savennieres and Savennieres "Clos du Papillon" - are perfect for summer sipping and the fantastic Quarts de Chaumes is a dessert wine that rises above with a racy acidity that provides the perfect foil to its sweet stone fruit and honeyed elements. The wines speak to the thoughtful and insightful precision the owner, Florent Baumard, applies to all of his production.

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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 Loire Valley, particularly the sub-regions of Touraine and Anjou-Saumur where the highest-quality versions have the ability to age for decades in bottle.

 

The best site for Chenin Blanc in Touraine is Vouvray, 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 Domaine Huet for beautiful wines of this style.

 

The best sites for Chenin Blanc in Anjou-Saumur are Savennièresand Coteaux du Layon. 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 Domaine Des Baumard for dry wines and Domaine Delesvaux 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)