13 Jan Quarts de Chaume Library
Quarts de Chaume is the Loire Valley’s answer to Sauternes. It is a Chenin Blanc-based dessert wine with almost infinite aging potential and incredible depth, character, and finesse. These library releases straight from the domaine show this wine’s incredible longevity. Only a few bottles in stock of each vintage!
2002 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume
On Sale $104.99
Loaded with mango, quince and fig fruit that works harmoniously with green almond, floral and mineral notes. Terrific creamy texture hides the latent acidity while the flavors glaze your palate on the finish. Both pure and powerful at once, this will age effortlessly. Drink now through 2030. 1,250 cases made.
97 points, Wine Spectator
1990 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume
On Sale $142.99 (re-corked by domaine)
This wine was among those served at a tasting I attended at the Domaine des Baumards in June, 1997 which covered all the wines Jean Baumard has crafted over his career as well as some older ones (back to 1906!). This event is one of the most memorable of my life. I was amazed by the ageworthiness and extremely high quality of Baumard’s wines, both in the sweet and dry offerings. But more poignantly, I was stunned that Jean Baumard would invite people from around the world to come taste, criticize, enjoy and judge every wine he had ever crafted. To have his life’s work dissected in his presence, vintage by vintage, is a testimony to Baumard’s courage, honesty and pride. How many of us would want to have all our work judged in such a manner? Baumard, ever modest, was his own biggest critic. Space constraints prevent me from including notes on the wines so I have only listed the best ones.
96 points, the Wine Advocate
1967 Domaine des Baumard Quarts de Chaume
On Sale $219.99 (re-corked by domaine)
Exotic nose and palate of dried tropical fruits (pineapple and mango), along with powdered ginger, chamomile and cardamom notes. Still has an elegant, floral side, with a long, lacy mineral-driven finish.–Baumard non-blind vertical. Drink now. 500 cases made.
93 points, Wine Spectator