1988 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume

Loire Valley, France

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




About The Wine

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!

About Domaine des Baumard

Domaine des Baumard might be one of the most underestimated and underpriced producer of dry and sweet white wines in the world...

Situated in Rochefort sure Loire, on the right bank of the Layon River near where it joins the mighty mother river, the Domaine, under owner/ winemaker Florent Baumard releases an enviable range of sparklings and whites but it is their sweeter styles from Quarts de Chaume and Coteaux du Layon which gain the headlines.

Misty vineyards of Domaine des Baumard
Misty vineyards of Domaine des Baumard
Loire Valley, France
Additional Info

From The Importer

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.

ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Florent Baumard
Winemaker Florent Baumard
Loire Valley, France

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