2015 Domaine des Baumard Savennières

SKU #1318120 94 points Wine Spectator

 Alluring, with quince, creamed pear, verbena and green almond flavors allied to a creamy texture, all offset beautifully through the finish by light quinine and mineral hints. Approachable, but this seems built for the cellar. Best from 2018 through 2030. *Ranked #15 on Top 100 of 2017, Smart Buys* (JM)  (8/2017)

K&L Notes

In the heart of Anjou lies the Baumard property that has been in the family since 1634. Widely regarded as one of the Loire Valley's great producers, they are masters of Quarts de Chaume, Coteaux du Layon and of course Savennieres. The estate is run by Florent Baumard following organic principles. Savennieres is a tiny appellation covering just 200 acres all planted to Chenin Blanc. The soil is primarily schist which gives the wines of Savennieres their unique crackle of energy and honeyed texture. The AOP Savennieres is fermented all in stainless steel tank and spends about 9 months on the lees before bottling.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2018 | Send Email
Savennieres arguably has some of the greatest sites for Chenin Blanc production. The mixed conglomerate soils of schist and sandstone give a crackle of energy to the wines that you don't find in the other areas. Baumard is one of the region's most iconic producers, probably best known from their amazing Quarts de Chaumes dessert wine from the neighboring region, but they equally excel at Savennieres production. The appellation wine is rich with oily minerality, roasted pear, white flowers and membrillo notes. It is long and silky on the palate but has that hallmark spark that keeps the thread of minerality and richness all in focus. Treat this wine as though it were a Premier Cru Burgundy and serve it with those kinds of foods. And as with great Burgundy, feel free to put a few bottles down. I've had the privilege to taste a few older Savennieres over the years, and they are some of the most deeply complex dry whites to come from the Loire.

Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/1/2018 | Send Email
Whenever I'm buying a white wine, I'm usually looking for something to pair with oysters or a nice rotisserie chicken, mainly from California Chicken Cafe (living so close to one is a true blessing for me) but other times I'm also just looking for a nice sipper to enjoy on a hot summer day. Luckily this chenin blanc from Domaine Des Baumard covers all these things for me. With little notes of honey, mellow acid and solid minerality, this bottle is absolutely brilliant. This bottle will definitely be a regular in my fridge at home.

Staff Image By: Morgan Laurie | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2018 | Send Email
Savennieres is a wine that will reward patience and time with a beautifully aged Chenin Blanc. But only if you can keep your hands off of it! The wines from Domaine Des Baumard are some of the finest examples of Savennieres that you could open now though, if you truly can't help yourself! A slightly round texture on the palate helps mitigate the zippy acidity. The estate is run according to organic principles, but is not certified organic and Florent Baumard believes in using as little intervention as possible in both the vineyard and cellar. With notes of Bosc pear, honeycomb candy and hay, this stunner will only get better with time and can cellar for the next 2-3 decades. If you can wait, that is!

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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.


- 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.


- 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.