The tiny Savennières appellation sits just south of the city of Angers on the north bank of the Loire, included within the more general appellation of Côteaux de la Loire. The soils and subsoils of Savennières are unusual and complex in this part of the valley: ancient volcanic flows deposited slate, shale, granite, and calcareous rock. As a result, a prominent mineral character is present in the best of the complex, persistent, highly textural wines made from the Chenin Blanc rooted there. Domaine des Baumard is a Savennières icon, and arguably one of the most important producers of Chenin Blanc in the world.
Robert Parker has a high regard for Jean Baumard and his son Florent. The estate has been in the family since the 17th century: “For decades Jean Baumard’s wines have been benchmarks for Savennières, Côteaux du Layon, and Quarts de Chaume – his wines have every component in place, so technically perfect and so polished they seem to be the product of a scientist. Florent, who is taking over from his recently retired father, has added some soul. There is no doubt in my mind that Florent Baumard is one of the shining lights in France’s winemaking present and future.” – Robert Parker, “The World’s Great Wine Estates”, 2005
Multiple winner of Wine & Spirit’s Loire Winery of the Year and Top 100 Wineries in the World: “In Savennières, the [Baumard] estate is unmatched for consistency of quality.”
“I finally had the pleasure to taste personally with Florent Baumard (for more about whose domaine and methods, consult my report in issue 172) and found him a disarmingly astute critic of his own wines whose confidence I share that the best is yet to come from this vast and already justly renowned estate. I find a freedom from bitter or coarse elements and a clarity of flavors in the more recent wines that is welcome” – Robert Parker on Domaine des Baumard, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, August 2010