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Domaine des Baumard
February 21, 2020
Domaine des Baumard
Domaine des Baumard is known for producing some of the greatest Chenin Blanc in the world. The Domaine has been in the Baumard family since the early 1600s, and was passed from father Jean Baumard to his son Florent around 20 years ago. Where Jean had the mind of a scientist, Florent brings a more soulful, artistic approach. When he isn’t kite-surfing on the Loire, he’s making cerebral reference-point wines that crackle when young and mature with grace.
Organic vineyard practices and minimal intervention in the cellar (strictly stainless steel ferment across the board) let the patchwork soils of Savennieres and Coteaux du Layon shine. You’ll notice that all wines on offer, except the sparkling wines, are bottled under Stelvin. This is classic Florent Baumard, progressive and pragmatic: Florent knows these are wines to age for decades, so in 2005, he swapped out cork entirely to minimize oxidation and to eliminate cork taint.
“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”
We’re taking orders of the Domaine’s dry, sweet, and sparkling wines through February 2020. For the first time, we are offering some of Florent’s favourite “table wines” too. Orders will arrive Spring 2020. The next opportunity to order will be Winter 2021. You can read more about the winery here.
Prices published here are per-bottle, inclusive of HST, exclusive of bottle deposit. Please contact Chris McLean or your sales rep to order:
Hand-harvested Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay pulled from 35-year old vines. Whole-cluster pressed, fermented in stainless steel, matured nine months “sur lie” before bottling.
A nervy, dry table or aperitif wine with a chalky mineral edge. Precise and tense with notes of pear, green apple, and honey. A pleasure to drink. Florent recommends you to “always have one bottle in the fridge”.
“Le Logis” Anjou 2016
$28.95 per 750 ml bottle, cases of 12
Hand-harvested Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, 35-year old vines grown in soil rich in shale and volcanic rock. Aged nine months in stainless steel.
“Le Logis” is named for Le Logis de la Giraudière, the 18th century manor house where the Baumard family established their estate in 1959. Produced only in exceptional vintages, this is expressive, elegant Loire Cabernet Franc. Fragrant, lightly spicy, firm, and dry with notes of ripe red and black fruit. Plays well with others.
Rosé de Loire 2018
$24.95 per 750 ml bottle, cases of 12
Hand-harvested Cabernet Franc and Grolleau, 35-year old vines. Whole-cluster pressed, fermented in stainless steel, matured nine months sur lie before bottling.
Dry and refreshing, with a spicy blood-orange and cranberry nose.
Savennières “Clos St Yves”
2018 $55.95 per 750 ml bottle, cases of 6
2012 $24.95 per 375ml bottle, cases of 12
Hand-harvested Chenin Blanc from 35-year old vines from the Clos St. Yves vineyard on the slope of Savennières, between the prized Clos du Papillon and Roche aux Moines vineyards.
Multiple passes are made through the vineyard in order to pick grapes at perfect maturity. Whole-cluster pressed, fermented in stainless steel, matured nine months sur lie before bottling.
Pure and crystalline while young, with notes of bitter almond, honeysuckle, pear, and driving minerality, top vintages of Clos St. Yves age for up to 20 years and emerge as spectacular mature white wines.
Savennières “Clos du Papillon” 2015
$73.95 per 750 ml bottle, cases of 6
Named for its butterfly shape, the Clos du Papillon vineyard produces some of the most concentrated, compelling wines in Savennières. The Baumard family owns the largest share (and the best parcels) of Clos du Papillon.
“Bone-dry to dry wines of great mineral intensity, Savennières can be some of the longest-lived dry white wines in the world. Most critics believe that the single greatest Savennières is Nicolas Joly’s Clos de la Coulée de Serrant and, while I agree that it is one of the greatest wines of the Loire, I think that Baumard’s Clos du Papillon (not to be confused with Clos du Papillon from other growers) consistently displays greater elegance and finesse.” – Tom Stephenson, “The Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia”
“This is very alluring, with salted butter, blanched almond and tarragon highlights amid the core of creamed pear, green plum and white ginger flavours. The distinctive mouthfeel combines creamy and zesty elements, while racy minerality extends the finish. Drink now through 2035.” – 95 pts, Wine Spectator, November 2018
“Le Petit Paon” 2016
$39.95 per 500ml bottle, cases of 6
Consider Le Paon (the peacock) the assertive young cousin in Florent Baumard’s portfolio of sweet wines. Le Paon is a bit of an insider’s wine: Florent calls it a “secret blend”, made with fruit from multiple tries and terroirs. Intense acidity and bright citrus, stone fruit, and marmalade notes bring balance to this layered sweet wine. Fresh, perfumed, and ready to drink.
Coteaux du Layon “Carte D’Or” 2018
$22.95 per 375ml bottle, cases of 12
Old-vine Chenin Blanc harvested in multiple passes through Baumard’s vineyards in Coteaux du Layon.
“Fruit, nothing but pure fruit!” in the words of Florent Baumard. Carte d’Or shows the lightest touch of the Domaine’s sweet wines: fresh, with an abundance of pure fruit and a mineral frame. A charming, elegant, classic introduction to Coteaux du Layon to drink now or lay down.
Coteaux du Layon
“Clos de Ste. Catherine” 2015
$86.95 per 750 ml bottle, cases of 6
Old-vine Chenin Blanc harvested in multiple passes through the Coteaux du Layon Clos de Ste. Catherine vineyard.
Richer than Carte d’Or. As concentrated as Le Petit Paon, but more refined and precise. Racy and exotic with an endless finish, this bounces when young and glides with maturity.
“Lush and long, but with a fine sense of detail throughout, this lets creamed pear, green fig and quince flavours drape wonderfully while light verbena, ginger and jasmine notes add lift in the background. The creamy, alluring finish lingers effortlessly. Drink now through 2035.” – 95 pts, Wine Spectator, November 2018
Quarts de Chaume 2015
$141.95 per 750 ml bottle, cases of 6
Baumard owns 15 acres of the 110-acre Quarts de Chaume vineyard in Anjou, where vines grow on steep, exposed terraces along the southeastern Layon River. In 2011, Quarts de Chaume was recognized as the first official “Grand Cru” of the Loire Valley.
Baumard’s Quarts de Chaume is arguably the greatest wine of the Loire. It has a rare elegance and texture that balance an equally impressive richness and cleansing acidity.
“Waves of creamed Jonagold apple, Cavaillon melon, mirabelle plum, mango and white peach flavours provide thrilling range, while flashes of honeysuckle and verbena add detail and focus throughout. Unctuous yet pure, sweet yet invigorating, with an inner brightness that matches the outward hedonism. Best from 2020 through 2045.” – 98 points, Wine Spectator, November 2018
Cremant de Loire Rosé
“Carte Corail” Brut NV
$33.95 per 750ml bottle, cases of 6
A specialty of the Domaine, produced since 1957. Hand-harvested Cabernet Franc and Grolleau from 35-year old vines grown in the Crémant de Loire AOC, which covers Anjou and Touraine. Whole-cluster pressed, traditional method fermentation with at least 24 months sur lie in bottle.
A very pale rosé (almost a Blancs de Noir). Generous red summer fruit, a direct and vigorous in style with a fine mousse and creamy mineral-driven finish.
Cremant de Loire “Cuvée Millésimée” Brut 2014
$46.95 per 750ml bottle, cases of 6
Here is another sparkling wine produced since 1957. Hand-harvested Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc from 35-year old vines grown in the Crémant de Loire AOC. A selection of the vintage’s best fruit is whole-cluster pressed, followed by traditional method fermentation and four years “sur lie” in bottle.
Elegant and complex, the most refined of the Domaine’s sparkling wines. Mineral, orchard fruit, and citrus, with a long, gently toasty finish.