Domaine des Baumard, Savennières 2014, Loire, France
Tasting Note: The Savennières region is widely projected to be the second area in the Loire that will soon qualify for grand cru status based on the area’s dry, fuller-bodied chenin blanc style.
If you’re a dry chenin blanc fan, make this wine a go-to in order to avoid the many off-dry Vouvrays that abound.
Medium-intensity lemon in color this wine has a nose filled with secondary and tertiary aromas of red apple compote, charred wood, cedar, toast and yoghurt.
On the palate the dry, medium-plus bodied wine presents smoky elements for the majority of the taste length underpinned by the faintest hint of primary fruit flavors.
The wine has clearly seen oak which overwhelms the wine.
While oak treatment is not an appellation requirement, you should try more Savennierès to experience an unoaked treatment.
Bottle Note: A dry white from chenin blanc grapes named after its ancient village: Savennières. The vineyards area painted on steep slate and limestone slope overlooking the Loire River in the Anjou district, near the city of Angers. Baumard Savennières is a unique wine, full bodied, bone dry, with great length and minerality on the palate. Its richness, complexity and ageability place it among the world’s finest and most distinctive wines.
Importer: Vintus LLC, Pleasantville, New York
Tasting Date: May 15, 2017