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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2005
Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2005
(search item no. 98661)
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Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $26.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1997 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
1996 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Savennières is a tiny region located on the northern banks of the Loire River, just across from the town of Rochefort Sur Loire. The entire appellation consists of fewer than 200 acres (77 hectares) of vines, all planted to Chenin Blanc. The South/Southeast facing vineyards are planted on unique soils composed of schistous volcanic debris mixed with sandstone and granite, imparting a strong, intensely original minerality to the Chenin Blanc grape. Maximum permitted yields are the lowest in France for dry whites (25 Hectoliters per Hectare), resulting in wines of stunning concentration and perfume. The combination of this concentration with the naturally high acidity of the Chenin Blanc grape results in wines capable of lasting and improving for decades.

Domaine des Baumard produces some of the finest examples of Savennières, including the single-vineyard "Clos du Papillon" and a "Trie Speciale," a late-harvested dry wine produced in exceptional years. Jean Baumard and now his son, Florent, are universally regarded as the finest winemakers in the appellation. Their wines are among the most unique and rewarding in the world: honeyed, dry whites of unmatched concentration, perfume, and longevity.

The 2005 vintage is a bit richer and softer than the 2004, having undergone partial ML fermentation and carrying a couple grams of residual sugar.

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About Domaine des Baumard:

The Baumard family has been wine growing wine at Rochefort in the Anjou for centuries, working with the noble Chenin in what has long been accepted as its natural home, the slate-covered hillside vineyards along the Loire and Layton rivers. In 1953, the Baumard family acquired a vineyard in the Quarts de Chaume, and in 1968, purchased substantial acreage in Savennieres. Jean Baumard, an enologist and educator, as well as grower, introduced significant innovations to the winemaking region, bringing the dry wines of Savennieres, as well as his sweet wines, Quarts de Chaumes and Coteaux du Layon back to prominence. Now in retirement, further innovation has been carried on by Jean's son, Florent.