lovely nose that is rich, sweet, interesting palate is rich, sweet, interesting with a very long but clean finish. Some of the reviewers here mention a waxy element and I see that but it in no way describes the flavor profile that stays with you for long after you finished the glass. The flavors linger on the palate like a wonderful memory. Really a nice wine. Acidity seemed right to me and there was a cleanness to the finish that says acids are right on the money. Would buy again.
Entering maturity. Orchard fruits giving way to compote. Some waxiness, some toffee notes (no hint of prem ox). Worried that structure is a bit lacking, and with primary fruit receding, that this wine may start feeling flimsier as it ages.
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(Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume) From a half bottle. A fine, burnished, orange-gold hue in the glass here. Aromatically this seems to be more dense, concentrated and more complex than I recall from previous tastings even within the last year. It kicks off with rich notes of biscotti and concentrated orange-honey fruit, opening out to reveal more peach and apricot, and then that seam of caramelly richness which has marked this vintage ever since I first tasted it. But despite this depth and complex concentration, it still feels bright and fresh. This is also the case on the palate, which is broad and intensely flavoured as the nose suggested, with a solid texture underneath the character, underpinned by a very fine lightly pithy, lemon-orange citrus bite. Very long. This is just lovely now.
(Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume) Yet another taste of this magnificent wine, and as usual it does not disappoint. It still has that honey-caramel characteristic, still has a wonderful structure and still has all the freshness necessary to compensate for these rich features. Delightful wine which is still available for purchase at the domaine in the 750ml format. I, fortunately, have more than enough half-bottles already tucked away to keep me going for a while. Should drink for decades.
(Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume) From a half bottle. Mid-golden hue. Beautiful nose, of barley sugar and oranges, with chalky, talcy, mineral notes bringing up the rear. Full, creamy style on the palate, simply laden with exotic flavours; oranges and other citrus fruits, flowers, lychees even. Mineral and with great acidity, with a lovely weight and presence. Previously showing quite a caramel note, this is much less evident today. Drink over the next 20 years. Stunning.
(Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume) The first half bottle from a case purchased at the domaine. Very youthful, obviously. Clean hue. A beautiful Chenin nose, dominated by primary aromas of honey, fresh green apples and wet wool, with a mineral edge. With some air the caramel aromas come through. Rich, weighty, absolutely beautifully assembled palate. Clean and vibrant, crystalline honey, pineapple and stone. Pure and elegant, fresh, but with an oily richness. Fabulous. Drink over the next two decades, and beyond I suspect.
(Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume) Tasted twice; once in London and once in Rochefort-sur-Loire. A splendid nose that just speaks volumes. The palate is no less impressive, stuffed full of honey, toffee-caramel and mineral flavours, with a floral complexity. Clean, beautifully textured, a superb length. This is fabulous. Should drink for decades.