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2018 Domaine des Baumard Savennières

Chenin Blanc

  • France
  • Loire Valley
  • Anjou-Saumur
  • Savennières

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Community Tasting Note

  • guillermo- Does not like this wine:

    November 20, 2021 - Had it because I wanted to explore the stylistic differences between Vouvray sec (which I love) and Savennières, which I’ve read is traditionally differentiated (other than climat) by a more oxidative style of winemaking vis a vis traditional Vouvray’s more reductive style.

    Whatever its other nuances, based on the prior notes and my sourcing, this wine seems stylistically a good example of Savennières.

    If that’s true then, in short, for my palate, the oxidative style does Chenin Blanc no favors, inserting Gewürztraminer-like and Sauvignon Blanc-like flavors which I dislike. I’ll stick to Vouvray.



  • Everything Ahead commented:

    11/21/21, 3:40 PM - I love both expressions of Chenin Blanc, and with age the dry minerality really comes through on Savennieres ... but, this vintage is the weakest of Baumard's I have ever had, with a bitterness that is unusual (maybe suggesting the grapefruit pith of Gewurztraminer) so I would suggest trying another vintage down the road before giving up on Savennieres. Of recent vintages the '15 an '16 are much better and I imagine '19 will be solid too. In the end, it is all about taste preferences, and Vouvray does tend to be fruitier, and more immediately likeable.

  • guillermo- commented:

    11/22/21, 3:36 PM - Thanks! I might give it another chance.

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