Loire Valley Masterclass and Tasting: Earth, marshmallow and menthol aromas. Very lean and light palate, the minimal fruit does have some roundness to it but this is not an exciting or especially interesting wine.
I was looking for a wine a little off the vineous path from where I typically tread, and here we are. The shop owner informed that it's 100% Cabernet Franc. Very light pink hue. Wonderful effervecence of small, tightly-bunched bubbles. Very grapey on the nose. And very grapey on the initial palate (tastes almost like Concord grape juice). There's a nice wet stone quality behind the intial grapiness. Very dry and light-bodied. The finish sorta falls off a steep precipice into nothingness. The key word here is FUN. This bottle isn't going to rock your world in a profound way, it's a great bottle for a slow night when you're looking for some razzamatazz.
Rich aromas of strawberry and yeast. Pleasant, light flavors of bread dough and cherries. Short finish. Very nice wine, could use more structure and backbone. Not as good as the sparklers from Champalou, Chidaine or Pinon, but not as expensive either.
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(NV Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Carte Corail Brut) Purchased summer 2010. A very fine, pale pink, pale onion skin hue, and a plentiful swirling bead. The nose is enticing, full of peachy fresh fruit, nuanced with early tinges of honeycomb, and showing seams of red fruits sprinkled with mint, all delivered with a vibrant, sherbetty vivacity. Full, absolutely packed to the brim with fresh and vivacious fruits, a lively acidity underpinning the lightly fleshy fruit, and delicious hints of strawberry and cream, sprinkled with notes of black pepper. Long, biting, actually fairly challenging on the palate despite being also very seductive in terms of its forward fruit. Fine stuff.
(NV Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Carte Corail Brut) Purchased summer 2010. A really appealing pale peachy-pink hue hee, with a fine clarity and a plentiful moderately sized bead, giving a foamy white mousse. On the nose an attractive array of summer fruits with a creamy finish, cut though by notes of sherbetty sweetness and a nettly bite. A fresh and clean style on the palate, sherbetty-stony in terms of texture and also flavour, with more solid, polished, red fruit notes. A little pink-floral perfume to it as well, and some persistent sour red fruits in the finish. Certainly bright and appealing. Previous experience with this wine suggests this should improve in the cellar for a couple of years at least.
(NV Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Carte Corail Brut) Purchased July 2007. This has a really delicate pale pink hue, and a plentiful bead although it soon settles down. The nose is leafy and curranty, with crunchy cranberry, all presented in a very gentle style. Fresh, full and lively mousse, a very direct and vigorous style. Finely poised, with subtle leafy fruit flavour. Really very good, better integrated than last year, a touch fuller and more complete.
(NV Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Carte Corail Brut) Current release. Now we are in Cabernet Franc territory. This has a remarkably pale pink hue, a faint hint of peachy sunset. The nose also has peachy tones, with a leafy freshness. Delicately complete, fresh and balanced, but with a firm presence in the mouth, this is very attractive. A second bottle tasted within a few days was just as delightful.
(NV Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Carte Corail Brut) Current release. A Cabernet Franc sparkler. Good fresh nose. Very delicate and balanced palate, with a touch of strawberry flavour. Good firm mousse.
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