Tuesday, January 13, 2009

WINE - Loire Chenin Blanc

Domaine des Baumard Savennieres Clos du Papillon 2001 $39.99 Liberty Wine Merchants

White Mischief - Chenin Blanc; Mediocre or spectacular? This dynamite white from the Loire is a mind blowing take on the varietal. Domaine de Baumard, a 1634 estate tucked away behind the village of Rochefort-sur-Loire, and run since 1955 by Jean Baumard has not only bought his estate but Loire Chenin Blanc in general to the forefront of consumer interest. I opened this bottling from Clos du Papillon from the 2001 vintage on Christmas day .
Old gold colour with aromas of honey, glace fruits, and an earthy straw hint. On the palate it is full-bodied, concentrated and rich with flavours of sweetened rice, almonds, honey, and typical Chenin Blanc fruit salad notes (pear, quince, and peach). Nice structure with good acidity and length. Drinking now but you may push another 2 to 3 years out of this bottle.

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