Pours out so fresh and vibrant with a green tinge. It smells exotic, all rockmelon, guava and paw paw. There's some smoky mineral reduction. In the mouth you get honeyed residual sugar coupled with stony fruits. It is rich and full but by no means heavy. The acidity doesn't impose but is like a gently poached green apple and length is superb.
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(Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume) This has a fairly pale hue for the appellation, being just tinged with a lemon-green hue. The nose is complex, fascinating, but very difficult to describe. There is some sweetness here, a little like light Demerara sugar, but there are very organic overtones too. It has great depth, and intertwined here there are notes of straw and a dried, honey richness; it is a wine of character, but not necessarily great sweetness. Some aspects are quite bright - there is a layer perhaps best described as lime rubbed on metal, but overall it has great substance. The palate is broad and very complete, very nicely integrated, with richness but only gentle sweetness. Straw, funk and more play a role here, and yet the palate is restrained and forceful. There is a great lime-tinted texture on the finish and a broad, lingering length. This is excellent, especially as I was uncertain as to how well this wine would have held up - it has been in bottle from nearly three decades. I think this will drink well for some years yet, although it is unlikely to improve much further. having said that this is a robust wine still, as I finished this bottle 24 hours after opening, and it was then still holding up very well, showing great purity, definition, and delineation. This is a truly excellent wine.