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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 16 
ProducerDomaine des Baumard (web)
VarietyChenin Blanc
RegionLoire Valley
UPC Code(s)790559003408

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2013 (based on 9 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 85.8 pts. and median of 86 pts. in 48 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by indiscriminate palate on 7/4/2015 & rated 84 points: Oxidation, minerality, orange peel, plenty of acid. Very long type fruit, some toast; Muscadet-like. (93 views)
 Tasted by The Drunken Cyclist on 1/9/2015 & rated 87 points: I realize that I held on to this longer than most, and this wine is fine right now, but I expected more. Good Chenin flavors and acidity, but the depth was just not where I had hoped it would be. Good to Very Good. thedrunkencyclist.com (342 views)
 Tasted by nectar14 on 4/11/2014 & rated 88 points: Rich gold/yellow color. Nose of quartz, salty candied lemon. Baked apple and chicken broth flavors, and more salty minerals. Medium finish, good acidity. Interesting and different. I've had this wine from two different vintages, both with no less than 8-9 years on them, and found them both a lot of fun. (988 views)
 Tasted by Nicksword on 2/22/2014: The wine looks yellow gold colored. The legs are fast. There is no sediment in the bottle. It smells like cut green grass and eucalyptus. The body is light/medium. The wine has round texture. The wine finishes medium. The wine has medium acidity.

added later: truffles not eucalyptus and some petral (978 views)
 Tasted by ersmith on 1/25/2014 & rated 92 points: nicely focused wine (1039 views)
 Tasted by bacchus on 8/24/2013 & rated 90 points: served with appetizer at selkirk manor. celebrating keith and jean's 50th wedding anniversary. at the table were myself, pat, keith, jean, sandy and martin. this is my first experience with wine from this appellation. paired with seafood medley consisting of lobster, shrimp and caviar on a bed of homemade coleslaw. a perfect pairing. initially shy on the nose but opens as it is exposed to air and comes closer to castle temperature. some find a hint of sweetness but for me it is basically made in a dry style. lots of lemon, mineral, sea breeze and calcium. will look for this again. (1402 views)
 Tasted by The Drunken Cyclist on 8/11/2013 & rated 87 points: This is the first Savennières that I have had in a while—classic Chenin nose of lemon, a bit of minerality, and a little funk (in a good way). On the palate it lacked a little depth, but still reminded me that I need to drink more Chenin. Very Good. thedrunkencyclist (1246 views)
 Tasted by Vino Me on 11/23/2012 & rated 89 points: 100% Chenin Blanc. Had the 2002 vintage of this wine and liked it slightly better than this vintage. 2004 was an average to good vintage in the Loire Valley. Found this on sale for $3 per bottle and bought 9. Normally $20. Tart with solid acidity. Notes of lemon zest and minerals with a hint of sea salt. Paired this with a cheddar potato and bacon soup and it worked well. 89 points. (1615 views)
 Tasted by jlm on 3/25/2012: This wine is not about fruit at all at the moment. It's got wet wool on the nose, primarily, and the palate is all about zesty acidity and a firm stoniness. This won't be for everyone, of course, but this vintage has come into its own. And it will probably still develop for years. (1468 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 12/25/2011 & rated 89 points: Showed quite nicely with rich chenin fruit, medium+ acid and a beautiful floral lift. Wasn't as deep as some Baumard chenin's, but for $20 this delivered a really great experience. (1772 views)
 Tasted by DHJ1968 on 10/25/2011: This is really hitting its stride at age 7; classic waxy, wooly, appley, minerally, funky, bone dry chenin-y goodness! Savennieres is easily one of the most consistently interesting appelations on the planet. (1559 views)
 Tasted by jonradus on 8/17/2011 & rated 89 points: Man. Crazy nose of lychee, lemon curd, cinnamon, and truffle oil...really funky in a good way. The taste is equally funky with candle wax, lemonade, and apple juice. The finish has decent punch and acidity with a buttery overtone. This is a pretty cool wine, if you like non-conventional wines that display their terroir well. I, in fact, do. (1459 views)
 Tasted by jdbcolumbus on 2/2/2011 & rated 88 points: Intense anise and floral on the nose with wet concrete, dried apricot and lemon. Crisp, dry and funky on the palate with some bitter citrus and green apple fruit. (1615 views)
 Tasted by Kirk Grant on 1/2/2011 & rated 88 points: Another Blind Sunday (Kirk's Apartment): Color: Pale yellow
Smell: Rubber, salted nuts, saline,
Taste: green apple, lemon, lime,
Overall: Lean and mineral driven. (2076 views)
 Tasted by wynnewood500 on 12/31/2010: Served at Christmas 2010. Did not get a taste. (1702 views)
 Tasted by AHolland on 10/6/2010: Had to decant, because of a bit of sulfur on the nose. But after an hour or so, it openned up. Good, very chalky flavors (1670 views)
 Tasted by jlm on 9/24/2010: This wine has fleshed out on both the nose and the palate. It appears to be coming into its own with some hay and funk to complement the ripe apple and citrus aromas. Medium plus weight and very solid-feeling in the mouth, that stony texture so characteristic of Savennieres. Very persistent. Drinking well. Somewhat surprisingly to me, the screwcap does not seem to be inhibiting the aging here, nor contributing to reduction. (1806 views)
 Tasted by mburke on 9/6/2010: Very nice quite dry and beautifully balanced. (1788 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 7/22/2010 & rated 86 points: François Chidaine 2005 Vouvrays and Montlouis blindtasted (Tom's House, Palo Alto, CA): Light lemon yellow color; reduction, tart cabbage, mineral nose; mineral, tart citrus, tart cream palate; short-medium finish 86+ pts. (2319 views)
 Tasted by wynnewood500 on 7/13/2010: Too much grapefruit and citrus flavors for our crowd. (2113 views)
 Tasted by JFish on 5/18/2010: This wine is all about the minerality wrapped around dried apricots. Seemed slightly oxidized but it was a very interesting wine. Paired better with cashews than with a pan roasted chicken, veggie pasta dish. (2179 views)
 Tasted by Mindmuse on 11/28/2009 flawed bottle: Dark straw colored. This is oxidized. There is some pine, pear, banana, walnuts underneath. But predominantly just oxidized. (2482 views)
 Tasted by marcol on 11/8/2009 & rated 83 points: Tons of minerality, I think a little bit of apricot and some toasted almond. Clean finish. Had this with Laura and Susie at kalie's court (2578 views)
 Tasted by TheEngineer on 10/4/2009 & rated 86 points: On nose, lightly elegant, citrus, lime, grapefruit, and nice hint of minerality This is a very focused wine, dry, minerally, lean and angular. good lunch wine. (2604 views)
 Tasted by Fat Hobbit on 6/13/2009: 6/12/09: screwcap. Very light color, nose suggested reduction. Palate the first night was incredibly dry and not giving up much, but was enjoyable with food. Second day and the acidity is slightly more pronounced, making this racy and more refreshing. The fruit is now more present as well, creamy apple/pear/citrus, with some bitterness on finish. Much nicer on second day and now a rebuy. (2866 views)
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/22/2010)
(Domaine des Baumard Savennières) Light lemon yellow color; reduction, tart cabbage, mineral nose; mineral, tart citrus, tart cream palate; short-medium finish 86+ pts.  86 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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