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2008 Domaine des Baumard Savennieres - 375ML

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IWC 89
WA 92

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Wine Details

Bottle Size 375ml
Vintage 2008
Varietal Chenin Blanc
Producer Domaine des Baumard
Region Loire Valley
Appellation No
Color White
Future Arrival No
Country France
Featured Product No
Price $13.00

International Wine Cellarage (IWC) Review

IWC 89
Fresh pear, fig and green apple notes are backed by a creamy edge, with a hint of salted butter on the finish. Still a touch tight, but should cellar nicely. Drink now through 2014.

Wine Advocate (WA) Review

WA 92
Baumard’s “regular” (a.k.a. Clos St.-Yves) 2008 Savennieres bursts from the glass in an exuberant bouquet of buddleia and apple blossom; quince and intimations of wet stone. This transcends the poise and clarity exhibited by several immediately preceding Clos du Papillon bottlings and suggests that – chronologically speaking – we have moved up into a new echelon of expressiveness. The bitter, piquant notes of toasted nut, quinine, white pepper, and fruit pit here are extremely subtle and integrated into a matrix of lusciously juicy pear, white peach, and quince. A salvia-inducing salinity and scallop-like sweetness ally themselves to the stony mineral elements in this wine’s long finishing colloquy with flowers and fruits, and there is a levity and refreshment – a sheer drinkability – that I have not noticed in previous Baumard Savennieres – particularly pre-2007. Yet there is still ample sense of glycerin-richness and subtle oiliness. The combination of roughly a half percent less alcohol and more expressive acidity renders this drier-tasting than its 2006 and 2007 counterparts. Florent Baumard admits that a lesser percentage of his 2008s went through malo-lactic transformation than in most vintages, though I did not have chance to check precise analytical data on that. This sensational value is a delight to drink now. Whether it will “suffer” on that account a reduced “life span” must remain to be seen, although if anything my intuition is that this will be lovely for a decade, but that you would be foolish to deprive yourself of its short-term pleasure.
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