1996 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (375ml)

SKU #1014549 96 points Wine Spectator

 Shows a touch of burnt orange in its color, with lovely aromas of ginger and mulled cider. The flavors--pear tartine, fruitcake, maple sugar and candied orange peel--show maturity, but the acidity remains riveting and the finish long and sweet. A powerful showing.--Baumard vertical. Drink now through 2025." (11/04) 96 points Pierre Rovani writing for the Wine Advocate: "The Quarts de Chaume displays honeysuckle, liquid minerals and touches of almond paste aromatically as well as a stunning, driven character with virtually perfect harmony and balance between its sweet super-ripe fruit and acidity. This floral and quince-laden, well-delineated wine has a seemingly unending finish. Anticipated maturity: 1999-2030+.  (10/ 1997)

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Loire

- 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.