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Wines from Savennières

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Domaine des Baumard 2005 Clos du Papillon Chenin Blanc (Savennières)

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  1. $39
A superb wine, fresh and ripe, with a characteristic edge of caramel, opulence and bone-dry acidity. This comes from a great vineyard in a great Loire year, so it’s no surprise that, like many great Loire Chenin Blanc, it promises lengthy aging—15–20 years if you can wait. In the meantime, now it has youthful vigor and freshness. Screwcap. Available in the U.S…  — R.V.  (10/1/2007)
94
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Domaine des Baumard 2008 Clos du Papillon Chenin Blanc (Savennières)

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Now approaching its maturity, this is such a smooth, almond and quince flavored wine. It is full in the mouth, very ripe and opulent in style. A gorgeous wine, a wine for sipping and appreciating. Screwcap.  — R.V.  (10/1/2013)
94
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Domaine des Baumard 2007 Trie Spéciale Chenin Blanc (Savennières)

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  1. $35
A special selection of grapes has given a fascinatingly exotic and rich wine that remains resolutely dry. The fruit flavor dominates now, showing pear, white peach, a touch of lime with pepper, all rolled into an opulent wine with acidity and spice. Worth aging. Screwcap.  — R.V.  (9/1/2009)
93
points

Domaine des Baumard 2010 Chenin Blanc (Savennières)

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This is perfectly balanced dry Chenin. It has just the right amount of richness, aided by a touch of vanilla. The green and white fruits are blended with deceptively soft acidity to give a wine that feels full and ripe in the mouth. Good to drink now, but also worth aging for 3–4 years and more. Screwcap.  — R.V.  (10/1/2013)
93
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Domaine des Baumard 2010 Trie Spéciale Chenin Blanc (Savennières)

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A mature and ripe wine, with great nut and biscuit flavors to go with the full yellow fruits. An impressively dense wine, it’s a wine that can age, but is ready to drink now. Screwcap.  — R.V.  (10/1/2013)
93
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Domaine des Baumard 2009 Clos du Papillon Chenin Blanc (Savennières)

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Shaped like a butterfly (papillon), this vineyard is one of the best known in Savennières. It is very rich and ripe, from a warm vintage. With its apricot and pear flavors and opulent texture, it brings out the potential of Chenin Blanc. So age this wine for 5–6 years more. Screwcap.  — R.V.  (10/1/2013)
93
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Domaine des Baumard 2007 Clos du Papillon Chenin Blanc (Savennières)

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A very spicy wine, layering honey and lychees. Opulent, ripe, wearing its richness on its sleeve. Probably for medium-term aging, but it could well surprise. Screwcap.  — R.V.  (6/1/2011)
93
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Domaine des Baumard 2006 Clos du Papillon Chenin Blanc (Savennières)

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  1. $32
Baumard’s signature wine, named after the butterfly shape of the vineyard, is pure, exotic Chenin Blanc, rich, but not losing sight of the essential minerality of Savennières, its stony element coming through in the tight texture. This should certainly age—drink now, or wait for five years. Screwcap.  — R.V.  (9/1/2009)
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