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    Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2008
    Chenin Blanc - Loire, France


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    Professional Ratings: 92 The Wine Advocate

    Region: Loire, France

    Varietal: Chenin Blanc

    Style: Light & Crisp

    Alcohol By Volume: 13%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 112025

    Winemaker's Notes:

    A beautiful round, harmoniously balanced wine. This is a wine intended for the accompaniment of crustaceans or fish, grilled or in sauce. It is made to be drunk during a meal.

    Critical Acclaim:

    Baumard’s “regular” (a.k.a. Clos St.-Yves) 2008 Savennieres bursts from the glass in an exuberant bouquet of buddleia and apple blossom; quince and intimations of wet stone. This transcends the poise and clarity exhibited by several immediately preceding Clos du Papillon bottlings and suggests that – chronologically speaking – we have moved up into a new echelon of expressiveness. The bitter, piquant notes of toasted nut, quinine, white pepper, and fruit pit here are extremely subtle and integrated into a matrix of lusciously juicy pear, white peach, and quince. A salvia-inducing salinity and scallop-like sweetness ally themselves to the stony mineral elements in this wine’s long finishing colloquy with flowers and fruits, and there is a levity and refreshment – a sheer drinkability – that I have not noticed in previous Baumard Savennieres – particularly pre-2007. Yet there is still ample sense of glycerin-richness and subtle oiliness. The combination of roughly a half percent less alcohol and more expressive acidity renders this drier-tasting than its 2006 and 2007 counterparts. Florent Baumard admits that a lesser percentage of his 2008s went through malo-lactic transformation than in most vintages, though I did not have chance to check precise analytical data on that. This sensational value is a delight to drink now. Whether it will “suffer” on that account a reduced “life span” must remain to be seen, although if anything my intuition is that this will be lovely for a decade, but that you would be foolish to deprive yourself of its short-term pleasure.

    92 Points
    The Wine Advocate
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    User Reviews:

    Bathus--Amateur Wine Philosopher (5/3/2013)
    This wine rewards careful attention. Initially one notices what is NOT there, more than what IS there. On the nose: No oak. The fruit is in the background, hardly perceptible at first. In fact, at first sniff about the only thing one notices is the clean-soapy-after-a-bath-smell. On the palate: Initially, only minerality, and a salinity that borders on downright saltiness, with precious little fruit. But spend a little time with this wine and then, on the nose, you will begin to detect lovely honey-and-orange blossoms, and on the palate, peach, melon, sour crabapple--all distinct and precise, but also all very subtle. This is wine worth paying attention to, but if you don't pay attention, you might miss it entirely. (Note: I am drinking and reviewing this wine in early 2013 when it is five years old, so it is almost certainly not the same "exhuberant" wine described in Wine Advocate. With age, it has become more restrained and subtle, more interesting.)
    Randy Blanton (1/29/2013)

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