2017 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume 375ml

Luscious, juicy and velvety - a brilliant sweet Chenin Blanc

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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 great vintages, this wine has the potential to live practically forever. It's the top of the pile for sweet wines from this part of the world.

The vines are planted on about 6 different soil types, including schist, quartz, rhyolite and spilite. Florent Baumard prefers to harvest as late as the vintage weather permits, hoping for plenty of botryitis.

The grapes are harvested in successive passes or ‘tries' through the vineyard, and any unsatisfactory fruit is eliminated. Florent employs a viticultural technique known as "vignes hautes et larges" that is unique in the region – he uses high training wires (over 6 feet) in order to maintain a large surface area of foliage and avoid the need for topping off the shoots. Rows in the vineyard are alternately ploughed and grassed, helping to maintain the soil's microscopic fauna and avoid soil compression from tractors and other heavy machinery. The harvest is manual, and the fruit is transported in small plastic cages to minimize damage.

Region: Loire Valley, France
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ABV: 11.50%
Closure: 375ml
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