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Domaine Des Baumard Savennières 2008

Domaine Des Baumard Savennières 2008

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Dry - Apple blossom; quince and intimations of wet stone. Juicy pear, white peach, and quince.

A beautiful round, harmoniously balanced wine. This is a wine intended for the accompaniment of crustaceans or fish, grilled or in sauce. It is made to be drunk during a meal.

Baumards 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 wines 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. - WA

he 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, and there is a levity and refreshment a sheer drinkability that I have not noticed in previous Baumard Savennieres. -VT

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Vintage: 2004
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Country: France
Region: Loire Valley
Size: 750ml
ABV: 13.0%
SKU: 51306

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