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Florent Baumard is renowned for the quality of his Chenin Blanc, both dry from Savennieres and sweet from the Quarts de Chaumes. However, amongst the domaine's vineyards Florent Baumard identified a small area of Verdelho, a variety that had almost disappeared from France. Despite having documentation so show that the vines were planted in 1810, the French authorities refuse to recognise the grape. No wine details are allowed but 'lot 07-08' shows that this sweet wine is a blend of the 2007 and 2008 harvests and we know the grapes come from the south bank of the Loire near Savennières.
Lively aromas of apricot and honey with a touch of musk. Lovely rich, ripe apricot and tropical fruit flavours with the sweetness balanced by good acidity. Quite sugary on the very long finish. Very much a 'pudding' wine. Limited stock The 'Vert de l'Or moelleux lot 0708 originates with parcels in Rochefort that are planted with Verdelho, which was evidently grown here and there along the Layon a century ago and of which these few remnants remain, their vine age venerable enough and the resultant wine distinctive enough that Baumard has maintained both. Since, however, the law allows for no classification other than 'Vin de table' (indeed, the word play in this wine's name is because its true identity cannot be officially recognized) and therefore any reference to vintage must be expunged or burled in a lot-code, a decision was made to blend together the 2007 and 2008 vintages. Depending on conditions, Baumard will sometimes also render a dry wine from this fruit.) Marzipan, candied citrus rind, glazed pineapple, and herbal distillates in the nose as well as on a broadly rich palate whose overt sweetness toasted nut and citrus peel elements help to balance. The long finish here preserves considerable complexity, providing counterpoint to its sweetness even if the overarching impression is confectionary.
'I can't decide whether it's remarkable or should be expected that this tastes as much as it does like a Baumard Coteaux du Layon. 91 points' David Schildknecht, eRobertParker.commore ↓ less ↑
|Style||Delicate and Sweet|