I have had astounding Chenin Blanc wines from Domaine Baumard and its Clos du Papillon that have aged beautifully over two to three decades, but 2003 was a warm year in the Loire Valley (and in all of Europe) and not ideal for aging wines. Twelve years from the vintage date, this wine has probably reached its peak...or maybe gone past it.
The color is a beautiful, medium deep straw. Scents of peaches, flowers and white pepper. Medium bodied and elegant on the palate. Much better at just a few degrees above room temperature and with plenty of aeration. Some Chenin Blanc earthiness on the finish. Very good, but not great, Savennieres.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
Domaine Baumard Clos du Papillon Savennieres, 2003
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