2007 Domaine des Baumard "Clos Ste.-Catherine" Coteaux du Layon (Previously $45)

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92 points Wine Spectator: "A very fresh, lively style, with zippy acidity enlivening the apricot, white peach, green plum and quince flavors. The fresh, floral-tinged finish is nearly perky before the fruit takes over again. Drink now through 2017." 500 cases made. - J.M. (May 31, 2009) Sourced from a single, sandy vineyard site, just outside Rochefort, this wine is tender and elegant rather than big and rich. In its currant young stage you get a big hit of fruit right up front and then the balance of acidity and minerality leave a clean pure sense of fruit on the back end which seems to go on for a really long time. Although absolutely fantastic now, this will only get better with time, say 5 - 10 years.

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2010 | Send Email
Have you ever had truffle-infused honey as an accent to a cheese platter? This wine transports me to that very amazing combination of flavors and sensations one gets with a simple bite of savory, nutty, cheese mixed with sweet, waxy honey and earthy, intense truffle. Bracingly high acidity in this off-dry wine make it anything but "desserty" in style. With subtle petrol and citrusy accents, it is Riesling-like in some ways, but much broader on the palate. A long, honeyed finish leaves the taste buds yearning for more. I'd serve this before before a meal on its own or accompanied by simple, salted nuts, or after dinner, with strong cheeses.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2010 | Send Email
I hesitate to call this beauty a dessert wine because it is anything but, however many of you will think of it that way because it is sweet. This is super comples with an array of orange, tangerine, honey, spice and dried tropical fruit (coconut?) The amazing minerality and bracing acidity combine with the richness of flavor to create a vibrant sweet/tart impression on the palate. Drink this with cheeses or on its own. This will wow your friends.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/30/2010 | Send Email
Domaine des Baumard always scores high points with the critics and there's a reason why...the wines are beautiful. The 2007 Clos Ste Catherine starts off with a toasty, leesy nose full of sweet carmalized fruit and the tiniest touch of salty earth. Sweet stone fruit on the palate, this chenin blanc is ideal for the riesling lover who is looking to expand their repertoire.

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.


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- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.