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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.”

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