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DOMAINE DES BAUMARD

Tirage

Crémant de Loire

The Crémant de Loire appellation covers the region formerly known as Anjou and Touraine provinces. All of Baumard’s sparkling wines are Crémant de Loire and thus subject to stricter regulations than your run-of-the-mill mousseux.  Baumard's top cuvée, Tirage is predominently Chardonnay with a small addition of Chenin Blanc. It is notable for spending at least three years on its lees following secondary fermentation, far longer than many Champagnes.

In the vineyard, rows are alternately ploughed and grassed. This helps to maintain the soil’s microscopic fauna and humus potential and avoids soil-compression from the use of heavy machinery, such as tractors, in the vineyard. High training wires (over two meters) maximise leaf surface-area and avoid the need for topping during the vegetative time.  The grapes are hand harvested and placed in pneumatic press. Only first press wine is used. Refermentation is done in the bottle, and the wine is then aged on lees for three years.

   
Tirage bottle