19,15€; 12,5% abv; Chardonnay base with some Cabernet Franc. Previous tastes of this had a palate that I liked but were too shy aromatically. I think this is starting to open up. It doesn't have explosive aromas, but neither does it smell neutral. Instead, a lovely mineral aroma (wet rocks or whatever the micro-organism growing on them is called) has appeared. It is also grassy but full of white flowers and ripe fruit: an elegant, Chardonnay-heavy aroma. The palate, however, is full bodied compared to I expected from the scent. Elegant bubbles and crisp acidity, much citrus - but also rich! Very mineral finish. Nice wine and nice that the scent is starting to open up as well!
It started out rather nutty and monolithic, but became more elegant with air. It isn't as personal in style as the basic NV bubbly but is still an attractive drink. The mousse isn't terribly elegant, as is a bit too frothy. Elegant fruit, much minerals, even quite a bit of tannins. Nice.
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(Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Tirage) In the glass, the Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Tirage 2004 displays a vibrant colour, a very pale yellow, tinged with green, and with a gentle bead. The nose is fresh and lively, a mix of lemons rolled with stones, tinged with a little face cream and herby tarragon. On the palate there is a nicely rounded feel to it, although the focus of wine is the vibrant acidity, the lean and stony texture. Around it there is swirled the zest of lemon and lime, mixed with a sherbetty, soft, creamy minerality which gives the wine lovely breadth in the mouth. Lovely length of flavour through the palate, and a little persistence at the end. A wine not really showing much in terms of complexity, but there is a fine composition to it. Overall, it's good. If I had any more bottles I would have absolute confidence that they could go for years in the cellar yet, but sadly I have just realised that this bottle was my last one. Tant pis!
(Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Tirage) Unlike the preceding two wines (the Carte Corail, Cabernet Franc, and Carte Turquoise, Chenin Blanc), this single-vintage cuvée is based on Chardonnay, and the colour is different again, a very pale golden hue. It seems more full, as if of greater substance, on the nose, with a mineral streak. The palate indeed has a little more weight and fat than the leaner wines that have preceded it, a little coffee-laced vinosity with praline on the side, although here we still have a lovely freshness and lively mousse. Another bottle within a few days was just as fine. Very good.