In a very very good spot right now. This was by far the fattest and most opulent Savennieres I ever tasted. Great elegant nose, where several people in the blilnd tasting believe it was Meursault (!) The steely acidity gave it away though, typical Chenin Blanc. I wish I had more of this, as this is better than 1996 and 2002 which receives higher ratings by the "experts".
Even better than last bottle-- impressive lemon, beeswax on nose; lemon drop, wet stone, minerals, honeysuckle, minerals again, and great acidity. Much creamier mouthfeel than any prior bottle. It walks an impressive tightrope of fat vs lean, hint of lemony sweetness vs acidity, fruit vs minerals and savory.
Much better than prior bottle. Nose of quinine, minerals, lemon chiffon. Palate of lemon, dried honey, minerals, acidity. Completelly balanced, unlike prior bottle. Also, served initially at cellar temperature (57F) which was better than after I placed it in the fridge and came back to it cold.
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(Domaine des Baumard Savennières Clos du Papillon) This has a rich, lemon-gold hue in the glass, a fine sight which precedes an intense and fascinating nose, rich in aromas of honey, pastry, sweet baklawa, sponge cake and pistachio. It sounds rich and complex, as indeed it is, but it also has a freshness, a bright edge to the golden fruits that emerge from the glass. A fabulous palate, with all the delightful twists and turns of a finely botrytised wine but without the sweetness follows on; this has depth, great vivacity, talcy substance and a powerful punch through the finish, where it shows notes of ginger and liquorice. A wonderful wine for drinking now, I think although this may yet improve I might find it difficult keeping my hands off my other bottles. Once again, my score creeps up a little more. What a fabulous domaine.
(Domaine des Baumard Savennières Clos du Papillon) Good, shimmering pale lemon hue. The nose is delightful, proffering great minerality, with notes of melon, pineapple, crystalline tropical fruits. Fresh, firm, minerally palate. The midpalate is packed with grip. Real tangible extract, lemony acidity, joyous presence on the palate, and a liquorice twist on the finish. Showing much more flavour, grippy structure and potential than when tasted at the domaine. This wine will do well in the cellar, for five years at least. Very good indeed, could be excellent.
(Domaine des Baumard Savennières Clos du Papillon) A fresh and typical nose. Clean entry, showing little at first, but it has lovely acidity and structure. Then on the endpalate it fans out to reveal all the nuances that Savennières can offer. Concentrated and delicious. Needs two to three years in the cellar.
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