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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 16 
ProducerDomaine des Baumard (web)
VarietyChenin Blanc
RegionLoire Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2019 (based on 2 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.9 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 58 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 3/31/2015 & rated 90 points: Pale yellow color. Lovely nose of sea salt, crushed chalk, quince and lime. Medium bodied, tangy acid. Dry and mineral-driven, but I like the pulpy tropical notes, like pineapple and kumquat drizzled with honey. Lots of sea salt and chalk dust notes though, along with hints of white tea and mussel shells that come out with time. Even more expressive on day two. Still going strong, still lively, a delicious wine. (311 views)
 Tasted by fearlesswine on 12/15/2014: Ah, back to France! Though its sensual mid-palate certainly commands attention, delicacy and subtlety predominate in this Savennieres.

A soft yellowish-blond hue, with a nose that recalls ripe winter pears, honey and beeswax. On the palate, a minor tang of chamomile, with a creamy and polished mouthfeel, resolving to a light-but-lingering note of cinnamon on the finish.

Its acid has softened to reveal a tantalizingly refreshing and calming wine. For those who would wish for even more honey and wax, and other possible secondary notes, I suspect this one would continue to age well. We had this alongside baked salmon dressed with dill, and it was a continual delight! (461 views)
 Tasted by WineandSwords on 4/22/2013: I'll keep half of this for tomorrow when I sear some lamb chops to go with something or other... This will get me ready for dinner. Maybe deglaze the pan if I run out of cognac....
Last bottle, looking forward to a big tasty glass of Loire wonderfulness. (1396 views)
 Tasted by Billigan on 3/10/2013 & rated 90 points: Drinking beautifully and consistently with my previous notes. (1533 views)
 Tasted by markelln@bellsouth.net on 11/19/2012 & rated 93 points: Brown Bag Wine Dinner @ Two Chefs - All White (TWO CHEFS, MIAMI, FL): - Yellow color with fast forming legs. It's in total harmony with a medium body. Bright texture with a medium finish - Al's wine. (1892 views)
 Tasted by Billigan on 7/3/2012 & rated 91 points: My last and favorite bottle of this wine. All the classic scents of orange peel, beeswax, and wooly funk married to an unctuous, creamy mouthfeel. Much fatter and rounder than your normal-vintage Savennieres, with the acidity taking a clear backseat, but still a wonderful food wine, and like any good Savennieres, a completely sui generis beverage. (2020 views)
 Tasted by Billigan on 12/3/2011 & rated 90 points: Consistent with my previous notes. Always excellent stuff. (2553 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 8/22/2011: Somewhat oily in texture, sweet white fruits, waxy and honey and white flowers. Lots of cut though, brimming with rainwater and wet stone. Very easy drinking and moreish. A bit ripe perhaps but not lacking in energy. (1718 views)
 Tasted by clutj on 8/21/2011 & rated 92 points: Well-rounded, soft, long finish; showing no age that I can tell (1642 views)
 Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 6/23/2011 & rated 90 points: Drank with blaine and jerusha. Light lemon color. Nose of oatmeal, wax, green melon. Palate is rich and honeyed. Wax, wet stones, lemon peel and melon. A rush of minerals and a flavor that reminds me of school paste. Gorgeous. Could age for another ten years. (1778 views)
 Tasted by Billigan on 6/23/2011 & rated 90 points: Enjoyed with grilled shrimp and summer salad, and it was wonderful. Same scents and flavors as last time, but I let it warm up a little more and could better appreciate the complexity and interplay of textures and flavors in this bottle. (2040 views)
 Tasted by Matt Scott on 3/12/2011 & rated 91 points: Unscrewed the cap and let it breathe for an hour. Light golden with a touch of honey. Granny-smith apple, key-lime pie, river stones, citrus and green melon. Laser focused and very clean. Long, smooth and fine complexity, a Chenin Blanc which is really made for aging in that at over five years of age, this Savennieres delight has a very young yet harmonized aspect. Perfect for most seafood dishes and worth cellaring. Drink now - 2020. (2235 views)
 Tasted by Billigan on 3/3/2011 & rated 89 points: From a half-bottle and drank with grilled trout. My first Savennieres, and I loved it! Petrol and wax and floral notes all came together in a beautifully textured wine that balanced a creamy feel with food-friendly acid. Excellent value. (2302 views)
 Tasted by jlm on 1/29/2011: Typical Chenin nose of yellow apples and wax. The mouthfeel is classic too, somehow more solid than liquid, and yet there's no sense of its being overly large or heavy. The wine is definitely in its in-between stage though; it's not particularly complex right now. (2142 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 11/19/2010 & rated 91 points: wow. my chin is still sore from the recent insulting slap in the face by kstoddard regarding my opinion on this wine. let's face it, i guess when you have 10,000+ notes, you develop not only a superior palate, but a superior sense of your importance in the wine world, which empowers one to throw their not so little weight around. hey! cut out a milk shake now and then, tubby. but, ironically, i drank another bottle with his wife at the enchantment resort in sedona when he was in europe a couple of weeks ago, and...sensational. the wine was really good, too. who said context can't influence the performance of a wine? (2802 views)
 Tasted by kstoddard on 11/1/2010 & rated 90 points: Straw yellow color. Aromas of tropical fruit and petrol. Well balanced with good acidity and freshness. Nice complexity and depth on both the mid palate and finish. 13% alcohol. What a great bargain at $13.99/bottle and by a land slide my personal best QPR of the year. BTW that Nowak guy wouldn't know a good wine if it hit him in the face, Jane on the other hand helps bring up the average :) (2789 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 10/30/2010 & rated 94 points: Soft with textured and creamy composition; hints of banana and peanut butter; nice oily texture; long smooth layered finish. (2690 views)
 Tasted by jeff nowak on 10/15/2010: by the glass at a restaurant. this is not a memorable year for this wine. surprisingly, jane ordered a second glass and was considerably complimentary. oh, well, she can't be right about everything. odd spice notes and a somewhat bitter flavor. i have to question how long this had been open. i did not taste the second pour. NR (2858 views)
 Tasted by Matt T on 8/7/2010 & rated 87 points: This took some time to open. Very light up front with some mineral and floral notes on the mid-palate. Well-balanced with a nice finish. Better with food. (2855 views)
 Tasted by Scremer on 8/3/2010 & rated 91 points: Smooth, buttery, in between sauv blanc and Chardonnay (2790 views)
 Tasted by MRichman on 6/1/2010: Beautiful, waxy, round, soft, full flavored style with bright honeysuckle and rich flowers. Forward, friendly, easy drinking. Perhaps not as acidic as some would call for from Savennieres, and not the last word in complexity, but this full bodied silky style will also have a lot of fans. A very nice introduction to the region. Awesome value, a wine I could have around the house and drink often for the price.
B (2981 views)
 Tasted by sethmlong on 5/8/2010: Absolutely textbook example of Savennières from color to nose to palate; slightly platinum and straw hues. Nose was expressive with deep minerality, wet stone, warm wax, wool, fig, porcini and chamomile. The palate is dry, rich, round and complex with developed characteristics and beautiful acidity: fig, creme brulee, apple, pear, honey, stone and an underlying minerality as the foundation. I love the consistency, complication of and involvedness of senses that I experience with this wine. An instant classic from the first time I tasted it. (3617 views)
 Tasted by bluesguitar85 on 4/25/2010: Really intriguing. The wine has picked up a distinct lactic/yogurt note which is quite prominent in both nose and palate. As such, the group lacked consensus...some felt that it detracted from the overall experience, as it seemed to mute the minerality that Savennieres is known for. I thought it (especially with the typical honey/lemon in the wine) made for a much richer example and a wine that was easier to pair with food. Not sure if this is an isolated bottle or just a weird evolutionary thing, but it was certainly worth drinking--and trying again. (3186 views)
 Tasted by BigTarheel on 4/21/2010 & rated 88 points: Classic dry Chenin ... interesting as always. (3189 views)
 Tasted by ezsobre on 3/12/2010 & rated 87 points: Pear and apple flavors with mineral and chalk on the front-end. On the back end it finishes oaky and feels like a different wine. (3341 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150
(Domaine des Baumard Savennieres) Subscribe to see review text.
By Gary Vaynerchuk
Wine Library TV, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Bianco, Episode #604 (1/6/2009)
(Baumard Savennieres) #3; COLOR-golden; NOSE-this is wild; a little orange peel/Gran Marnier action; heavy dose of ripe pear dripping all over you; sugar cubes; very high floral action as well; very spicy & racy (radish); very complex; a hint of burnt rubber; TASTE-very dry; this is an exceptional food wine (especially w/ shellfish); the wine is very creamy on the palate; heavier viscosity on the mouthfeel than I expected; undeniably this wine has very pure pear flavors on the mid-palate; good length; nice acid coming through on the back-end; missing a little of the oomph; a gorgeous mouthfeel; drink now; I'm a little disappointed as I had high hopes for this great producer; WS-90; GV-88+  88+ points
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Domaine des Baumard

Producer website; More info from TheWineDoctor.com.

Chenin Blanc

Varietal character (Appellation America)


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Loire Valley

Vins du Val de Loire (Interprofession des Vins du Val de Loire)


See an excellent article on Vinography.


Savennières is a small, relatively well-known Loire Valley region producing wines made from the chenin blanc grape.

They are not conventionally fruity, and benefit from extensive aging.

Savennieres often have smells like white truffles and animal notes, even when young. They can last for a tremendous amount of time, and some people mistake the evolved aromas after 10-20 years with oxidization, but I have yet to taste an oxidised chenin blanc, since the amount and type of acidity (many g/l and tartaric) preserve the fruit in a much more effective way than e.g. chardonnay.

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