Baumard Clos Du Papillon Savennieres 2015
100% Chenin Blanc from 35 year old vines planted to this single vineyard's schistose sandstone and ingeous rhyolite soils -an absolute marvel and Chenin Blanc at its best.
Domaine des Baumard produced some of the finest examples of Savennieres, including the single-vineyard "Clos du Papillon" from a site along the Loire notable for the presence of soapstone in its slate soils. 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 in the world: honeyed, dry whites of unmatched concentration, perfume, and longevity.
The butterfly shape of the vineyard gives "Clos de Papillon" its name. The soils are predominantly made of schist, sand and sandstone over rhyolite. The vines are 35 years old. Harvest is performed manually in successive passages through the vineyard. The grapes are whole-bunch pressed and fermented in stainless steel at low temperatures. The wine then remains on the lees for 9 months in tank before bottling.
Domaine des Baumard is situated right in hte heart of Anjoy, in the town of Rochefort-sur-Loire, just south of the town of Savennieres itself. The property has been in the Baumard family since 1634 but it was reconstituted and improved by Jean Baumard in the mid-1950s. Since 1992 the estate has been run with the meticulous care of Jean's son Florent and the Domaine is now regarded as one of the greatest producers in the Loire Valley and one of the greatest producers of white wine in the world.
93 Wine Spectator
Captivating with a lively quinine streak leading the way, followed by Jonagold apple, honeysuckle, green almond and plantain notes that race through the pure, mineral-driven finish. Intense, with enough in reserve to warrant cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2020
Raw oysters, no kidding. Seafood salads. Asian foods, trout, smoked fish, chicken.