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Bunches of ripe grapes. Domaine des Baumard, Rochefort, Anjou, Loire, France


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Domaine des Baumard is a family winery in the small town (village?) of Rochefort sur Loire, just across the river Loire from Savennieres. The location is in the central Loire Valley, in Anjou close to the big city Angers. Today it is run with excellence by the engaging Florent Baumard. The winery is in the middle of the village but the vineyards are spread out over several different appellations in the region.

Domaine des Baumard makes a wide range of wines, both red, rosé and white, but it is the whites that have made the fame of Baumard. The great white wins are made from the much underrated chenin blanc grape variety. It can make very steel, racy and elegant bone dry wines. But it is also a grape eminently suited to making sweet wines, sometimes with noble rot and sometimes just with late harvest and ‘passerillage’. The appellations for the white wines are Vin de Pays, Savennieres (dry), Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume (both sweet). They also use some other grape varieties, e.g. they make a very interesting white called Vert de l’Or – from the verdelho grape.

The red wines are made under the Anjou Rouge AOC from cabernet franc grapes. They even make some sparkling wine, Cremant de Loire.


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