Domaine des Baumard Savennieres Clos du Papillon
Tucked away in the village of Rochefort-sur-Loire, just south of the town of Savennieres is Domaine des
Baumard. Founded by the Baumard family in 1634, the estate is considered a reference point for
Savennieres and the sweet wines of Coteaux du Layon. Currently managed by the third generation of the
family, Florent farms in an organic manner and believes in minimal intervention in the vineyard and in the
cellar. Yields are kept low (generally 1.5 -2.5 tons per acre) and the grapes are hand-harvested and
pressed as quickly as possible to preserve freshness and aroma. Starting with the 2005 vintage, Florent
bottled all of his wines (except the Cremant) with Stelvin closures.
“Florent Baumard is a brilliant winemaker. If he had been born a Californian, Burgundian or Bordelais,
wealthy vineyard owners would be standing in line to employ his services as a consultant…a young,
handsome, ever-smiling sort, Baumard quietly fashions some of the world's most complex dry and sweet
wines in the sleepy village of Rochefort-sur-Loire.”
~ Pierre Rovani, Wine Advocate
|95 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast "A superb wine, fresh and ripe, with a characteristic edge of caramel, opulence and bone-dry acidity. This comes from a great vineyard in a great Loire year, so it’s no surprise that, like many great Loire Chenin Blanc, it promises lengthy aging—15–20 years if you can wait. In the meantime, now it has youthful vigor and freshness."