Grape: 100% Chenin Blanc. Region: France> Loire Valley> Savennieres> Clos du Papillon Vyd. Notes: Old vines, stainless steel production, 9 months on the lees.
Description: Domaine des Baumard produces some of the finest examples of Savennières. Jean Baumard and now his son, Florent, are universally regarded as the finest winemakers in the appellation. Their wines are among the most unique and rewarding : dry whites of intense concentration, perfume, and longevity. “Clos du Papillon” hails from a site along the Loire noted for the presence of volcanic rock in its schist soils. The vineyard gets its name from its particular butterfly shape. Florent Baumard owns the eastern “wing” of this famous vineyard, and produces what must be one of the most under-appreciated great white wines in the world. The sheer intensity of the orchard fruit, floral, and earthy minerality notes emerging as the structure of the wine builds – nothing short of thrilling. The 2014 displays all that was mentioned with an added note of white mushroon, green fig, and lemon verbena due to its maturation. This is a wine that will continue to develop as it ages for the next 2 to 4 years.
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Food pairing: Asparagus, white fish, shellfish, lobster, mussels, fruit desserts (apple, pear, lemon custard), poultry, chicken francese (lemon-butter sauce), etc.