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(NV Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Carte Turquoise) Very light yellow color; savory, light white pepper nose; tasty, white pepper, savory, very tart apple palate; medium finish (80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay)
(NV Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Carte Turquoise Brut) Purchased summer 2010. Yet again another of Baumard's crémants shows its best with a year in bottle. This wine still has a very restrained, green-tinged hue, but aromatically it is much more open and alluring. It still has an impressive bead to it as well. On the nose while it remains firm, with a lemon citrus streak in the background, there is also a delightfully full lemon-peach sherbet element to it, nuances with hints of tangerine zest. The palate brings a cream-soda feel to it, the creamy mousse sitting over some biting acidity, and overall the impression is very attractive even if it is rather challenging. But this direct nature means it is perfect as a summer apéro. Lovely.
(NV Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Carte Turquoise Brut) Current release. A Chenin Blanc cuvée, which has a very pale appearance in the glass. Fresh and nettly on the nose, clean and crisp. The palate is well composed, complete and balanced, with nicely fresh acidity. Very appealing.
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