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Domaine des Baumard - Clos du Papillon

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92 Points - The Wine Advocate

'The 2011 Savennières Clos du Papillon is a rich, fruit intense and powerful, but also very elegant and mineral, perfectly balanced Chenin with everything in place to age superbly. Compared to the 2010 it is quite intense and much fruitier and impetuous. The aromas are more from white- than yellow-fleshed fruits and the freshness, salinity, and transparency are really rare for wines of this fighting weight of 14.5% alcohol. The only danger here is that you drink it quicker than is good for you. The salty aftertaste and the inner harmony here is so absolutely delicious and animating…' Stephan Reinhardt

One of the finest examples of Savennières from the single-vineyard ‘Clos du Papillon’, named after it’s butterfly shape. Baumard owns 7ha of this famous 14ha vineyard producing wines from 35 year old Chenin Blanc vines that are amongst the most unique and rewarding in the world - honeyed, dry whites of unmatched concentration, perfume and longevity.

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More about the Producer

  • Domaine Des Baumard

    Domaine Des Baumard

    Onshore Cellars - ICONIC Producer

    Domaine des Baumard is situated right in the heart of the Anjou, in the town of Rochefort-Sur-Loire, just south of Savennières itself. The property has been in the Baumard family since 1634, but it was reconstituted and improved by Jean Baumard in the mid-1950s. Since 1992 the Estate has been run with meticulous care by Jean’s son, Florent, and the Domaine is now regarded as one of the best producers in the Loire Valley and one of the greatest producers of white wine in the world.

    Interview with Florent Baumard, Owner & Winemaker at Domaine des Baumard

    You were one of the first fine wine makers to move towards bottling under screw cap, what was your driving force to do so?

    Screw cap and crown caps are, so far, the only reliable closures to protect a wine from age (oxidation) in a glass bottle. They are neutral, airtight and leak-proof and avoid oxidation meaning that each bottle will taste the same, preserving the freshness of flavour. They also make storage easier as it makes no difference if the wine is stored horizontally or vertically and the wine is able to age according to its own qualities. Some of my wines can age for over a century so it is very important to have efficient closures.

    What do you like most about the wine business?

    What I like most about the wine life (business is not the right word for me) is the diversity. The cycle is annual, but never the same. It is worrying and exciting at the same time.

    If you could only drink one wine for the rest of your life what would it be?

    A Savennières Clos du Papillon of course! It makes you fly away every time.

    What is your favourite food and wine pairing for your wines?

    Our wines work really well with fish, vegetables, fruits and spices. My tip is to prepare as many bottles as possible ahead of time so that you are always able to react to the best match!

    What do you do in your spare time?

    Share wine with people of good taste, or with a developed enough sense of humour. Travel. Surf on snow, kite-surf on water. Sail and cycle.