Friday, January 29, 2021

Domaine des Baumard Savennieres, 2017

Domaine des Baumard Savennieres was the first wine at an AWS/Taster's Guild wine dinner through Zoom on Thursday night. It is hardly a budget wine, with a retail price of $45.99 ($30.89 at D&W Kalamazoo for those attending the event). As a buyer of Baumard Savennieres since the 1979 vintage, I can say that it is more worth the premium price than any wine I have ever tasted. Our last bottle of the 1979 was opened only a few years ago, and it continued to get more glorious with every passing year. (Using the search function, you can find my notes on this wine plus notes on Baumard Savennieres from 1981, 1985, 1990, 2003 and 2008.)

Deep straw. Brilliant as always. No wood is used in either fermentation or aging. Like his father, Jean, Florent Baumard wants a pure expression of the fruit, which in this case comes from the St. Yves vineyard, planted on volcanic schist mixed with sandstone and granite. The minerals are clearly apparent in the aromas and flavors. Pears, almonds, honeysuckle and a touch of honey. Very powerful but with the subtlety and complexity of a great wine. Full bodied with excellent acidity for aging.

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