1988 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume

Fabulous aged Quarts de Chaume sweet Chenin Blanc from 1988. A legendary addition to any dinner table.

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p>Quarts de Chaume is a famous Loire Valley appellation for long-lived sweet, or medium-sweet Chenin Blancs. Its name comes from ancient tradition of farmers paying a quarter of their harvests to the feudal boss leaving only three quarters (Quarts) of their Chaume (stubble or thatch) for themselves.

Thankfully the wines are more generous - Domaine des Baumard's example of the vineyard is exceptional. It contains a healthy percentage of botrytis-affected fruit which enhances the concentration and complexity of the finished wine - look for approximately 130 grams of residual sugar.

In good vintages, such as this memorable rendition from 1988, it is one of the great sweet wines of the world.

Re-corked in 2007 at the domaine for peace of mind and assured drinking pleasure!

A classic cooler vintage for Loire Valley unlike 1989 + 1990 which both had much more botrytis and heat during those vintages. As a result this wine has a vibrant green gold colour with lively acidity and still has lots of life and development ahead of it given a good cool cellar. While providing great enjoyment now for its medium level of sweetness and only moderately developed character. A classic vintage of Quarts de Chaume which will age effortlessly for many decades to come. These are extraordinarily long lived wines.

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