Domaine des Baumard Savennières Clos du Papillon 2015 (92 JD)
“The 2015 Savennières Clos du Papillon is a rich, powerful white that has impressive purity in its Chenin fruit as well as notes of persimmon, lemon blossom, and dried herbs. It blossoms with time in the glass and has medium to full-bodied richness, beautifully integrated acidity, a kiss of chalky, salty minerality, and a great finish. It’s beautifully done, and I suspect it will continue to evolve gracefully for over a decade. There’s no need to delay gratification, though.”
Domaine des Baumard
If Savennières produces some of the most compelling dry white wines in the world, the Clos du Papillon plot within Savennières , so named for its butterfly shape, concentrates and magnifies all the characteristics of this small, distinct appellation. Baumard is the largest owner of this vineyard, with the best holdings, and the wines display a captivating combination of ripe orchard fruit, floral, and mineral notes, within a structure able to age decades.
Loire Valley, France
Domaine des Baumard has been planted with vines since 1634, and has remained in the same family since then. In the mid-20th century, however, is when the estate started to build a reputation as one of the greatest white wine producers in the Loire Valley, and the world.