Dark reddish amber color. Unique nose opens with almonds, some intense solvent like aroma. Lots of honey drenched fruits including peaches, apricots, almonds and botrytis. Needs more time, will revisit tomorrow. Day 2: nose is the same as day 1. Tastes similar to day 1 with 1 exception. The Honey/nut/fruit flavor is more integrated. Reminds me of a candy bar I had growing up called Bit-of-Honey. Nice wine but hard to recommend at this price point. Hard to relate to all the amazing reviews. Either it is a difference of taste, the wine is a bit over the hill, or my bottle was not up to par.
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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.