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1 November 2017 News

Florent Baumard was mentioned in a recent article in Wine Spectator, titled “High Pair – The Loire Valley bounces back from a string of trying harvests with the ripe 2015 and racy 2016 vintages”, in its Nov 15 issue. The story features a prominent half-page photo of Florent in his vineyards, carrying a wooden case of Baumard wines on his bicycle.

Below is an excerpt from the article.

“’Both 2015 and 2016 were great in quality, despite the fact that we lost a lot of grapes,’ says Florent Baumard of Domaine des Baumard in Savennieres. ‘Soft, round and generous wines in 2015, which reminds me of 2005. Sharper and lighter, it seems, in 2016. Too early to say, but I personally like it very much at this stage.’

The Domaine des Baumard Savennieres 2015 (94, $30) has a creamy feel, with alluring pear, quince and green almond flavors, showing the slightly more forward personality of the vintage.”

 
8 April 2016 News

The current issue of Wine Enthusiast includes a delicious-sounding  Tarte Tatin (Caramelized Apple Tart) recipe. The suggested wine pairing is Domaine des Baumard’s 2011 Clos de Sainte Catherine Chenin Blanc (Coteaux du Layon). See below for the recipe and more details about the pairing!

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients 6 baking apples, like Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Gala and Jonagold, peeled, quartered and cored

8 tablespoons sugar, divided

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 pâte brisée (pie dough), unbaked

Whipped cream or créme fraîche, for serving

Directions

In large bowl, sprinkle apples with 2 tablespoons sugar. Toss to coat. Let sit for at least 1 hour, draining accumulated liquid. In 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat, melt butter and remaining sugar, swirling gently to evenly coat pan (don’t stir). Add apples in tight concentric circles, balancing on their edges. Fit as snugly as ­possible (reserve 1–2 quarters to cut into smaller chunks to fill gaps). Let cook, without stirring, until juices thicken, darken and smell “caramelly” without smelling burnt, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

Preheat oven to 375˚F. Roll dough into circle about 12 inches in diameter. Drape over apples, folding and tucking around edges to fully contain apples. Bake until golden brown, about 45 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Place serving plate atop tart. Carefully turn over pan to release tart onto plate (if any apples stick, rearrange by hand). Serve warm, or at room temperature with whipped cream or créme fraîche. Serves 8.

Pair It

Domaine des Baumard 2011 Clos de Sainte Catherine Chenin Blanc (Coteaux du Layon)

Loire Valley sweet wines are the product of misty mornings and sunny autumn afternoons, which produce noble rot. They have just the right balance of sweetness, dry noble rot character and intense acidity. While they do age, it’s hard to resist the delicious fruit of a young wine.

Pairing this tarte tatin with a selection like Domaine des Baumard’s 2011 Clos de Sainte Catherine from Coteaux du Layon is an exercise in food-and-wine harmony, where each mirrors the flavors of the other while displaying simultaneous richness and freshness.

 
13 November 2015 News

A number of our wines are featured in the just-released issue of Le Pan Magazine, a new wine and luxury lifestyle publication published out of Asia, with a number of MWs penning articles. Below is a recap. Click on the individual article titles to read more!

Aging with Grace, 1996 Champagne Retrospective: Bollinger Vieilles Vignes is one of the top two Champagnes from the spectacular 1996 vintage.

An Eclectic Match, by Serena Sutcliffe: great line, “I had always maintained that Bollinger, for instance, with its marine, salty character was the perfect match for oysters, but its Special Cuvée was also terrific with buffalo mozzarella drizzled with some old balsamico.”

Six Sensational Wines: top picks from the issue highlighted, first up is Perle d’Ayala 2005 with a 96 Point rating – tremendous!

Asian Plate: Thai green curry with Guigal Cote-Rotie La Mouline 1990 (yes please!)

Bollinger: featured in Champagne photography coverage

Discoveries: Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 2010 given a 95 Point rating.

 
1 October 2015 News

Congratulations to our 7 Top 100 Wineries of 2015, E. Guigal, Le Macchiole, Errazuriz, Domaine des Baumard, Lucien Le Moine, Champagne Bollinger, and Quinta do Noval!

The issue has just been released. Click here to read their profiles!

 
4 August 2014 News

Wine & Spirits Magazine’s Fall 2014 special issue includes a section on guided tastings, focusing on the themes of yeast, malolactic fermention, carbonic maceration, oak and stems. Domaine des Baumard, one of the first producers in Loire, to experiment with inducing malolactic fermentation for their Savenniernes, is featured in the tasting section on malolactic fermentation. Click here to read the tasting panel’s comments.

 

 

 

 
29 April 2014 Feature, News

Wine Spectator posted an article about James Molesworth tasting through 10 years of Domaine des Baumard under screw cap with owner Florent Baumard. Florent Baumard says, “if I had known what I know now, I would’ve made the change 30 years ago, not just 10.”  Stelvin, the leading brand of aluminum screw caps, keeps the wines fresh and focused indefinitely. “We believe our wines age well. And oxidation is not aging. That’s why for me, it’s important to do this,” said Baumard. You can read the full article on the rest of Florent Baumard’s visit to the Wine Spectator’s New York office with nine vintages of Savennières and Quart de Chaume by clicking here.

 

 
25 April 2014 News

We’re getting ready to hold a series of tastings next week with Florent Baumard looking at 10 years of his wines under screwcap. He was one the first top producers in France to bottle under screwcap, and it was a hugely controversial move at the time. We’re looking forward to seeing the cold, hard facts.  Here’s the lineup, and below you can see the wines that just arrived:

2003 Savennières “Clos du Papillon”
2004 Savennières “Clos du Papillon”
2005 Savennières “Clos du Papillon”
2006 Savennières “Clos du Papillon”
2007 Savennières “Clos du Papillon”
2008 Savennières “Clos du Papillon”
2009 Savennières “Estate”
2010 Savennières “Trie Spéciale”
2011 Savennières “Clos du Papillon”
2012 Savennières “Estate”

2004 Quarts de Chaume
2010 Quarts de Chaume

 

 
1 April 2014 News

In an article in the World of Fine Wine by Michel Bettane, Florent Baumard is mentioned along with his Savennières Clos St-Yves and Clos du Papillon, which leave Bettane speechless. Here is an excerpt from the article:

Grape and soil perfectly in tune: But it doesn’t have to be that way. After many years spent studying the behavior of his wild yeasts, the admirable Jacky Blot in Montlouis has dared to select out particular strains, aiming for a predictable fermentation that brings out the complexity of his grapes and chimes with his principles as a responsible grower. His wonderful Remus bottlings and the sublime Vouvray Clos de Venise should serve as examples to “rebellious” winemakers everywhere. But I was sorry to hear the criticisms leveled against master growers and winemakers such as Florent Baumard, whose ten-vintage Savennières Clos St-Yves and Clos du Papillon vertical tasting left me quite literally speechless. What a superb expression of schist-grown Chenin: grape and soil perfectly in tune, with non of the bitterness you sometimes get with schist, especially in poorly extracted wines that are made from unripe grapes.

The 2006 and 2007 are still available to buy, and they remain as astounding as ever they were. Their extraordinary combination of honey and mineral saltiness reminded me of the greatest Raveneau Chablis, with maybe even greater length and fullness on the palate. Then, of course, there’s the unparalleled 2002 – sure to make an inspired match for the Loire’s finest salmon, if you happen to be in Anjou in wild-salmon season, eating in a restaurant that’s choosy about its suppliers.”

Click the image below to read the full article.

 
18 March 2014 News

In the April issue of Wine & Spirits Magazine the 25th Annual Restaurant Poll featured the most popular wines by variety & country in the top restaurants. Of the most popular French wines was Domaine des Baumard’s Savennières ranked as number 9! The most popular Port & Dessert bottlings featured Quints do Noval’s BLACK ranked as number 15! Click the image below to see both categories’ full list.

 
17 March 2014 News

A fantastic review of Florent Baumard’s 2010 Savennières Trie Spéciale. Wine & Spirits Magazine awards it 96 Points and names it #1 Savennières in the “Year’s Best Loire Wines” line up! Check out the review below.

“Immediately, it buzzes with quince flavor, delicate to the touch, expansive and bold as the fruit crests in a wave over sandstone and schist. What may seem at first merely delicious becomes numinous as it engages with oxygen, capturing the grandeur of the Loire more often appreciated in the chateau and ancient cathedrals than in a young Chenin. Cellar this for ten years for a grand tour of Savennieres.”
– 96 Points Wine & Spirits, Year’s Best Loire Wines: #1 Savennieres