2009 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1117855 96 points Wine Spectator

 Bold, lush and tropical in feel, with creamed papaya and mango notes seamlessly gliding together, while coconut, green plum, ginger, quince and white peach flavors fill in the background. Offers a succulent finish, but stays pure and steady thanks to perfectly embedded acidity. Best from 2015 through 2030  (2/ 2013)

91-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I tasted the Baumard 2009 Quarts de Chaume in its final blend and on the eve of filtration and bottling. Yeasty and fermentative overtones as well as a radish-like expression of botrytis in the nose were backed up by scents of quince preserves and herbal distillates which then coalesce on a viscous, honeyed, creamy palate and together with alkaline and wet stone notes make for a metaphorically cool and laid-back impression rather than a torrifactive one. This lacks the senses of citricity and salinity that helped enliven the 2008 rendition, with its similarly almost smothering sweetness, but there is a marvelous ethereal dimension to the concentration exhibited here as well as a sense of grounding in schist-licking minerality that are in themselves remarkable. In the end, it may simply take years for the sense of sweetness here to back off to the point where the wine begins to demonstrate its full potential complexity and a balance that – for me at least – would encourage repeated sipping. It doesn’t have to be this way with a wine from material this off-the-charts in must weight. But perhaps the acidity and extract possible on schist in this vintage cannot be compared with the balance that was achieved by a few stratospherically ripe Vouvrays and Montlouis of the 2009 vintage. I would in any event not be the least worried that this wine might begin showing signs of decline over the next 20 years.  (8/ 2010)

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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

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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.