One of the Loire's most lauded producers,
Florent Baumard has courted controversy by pursuing his own ideas
and challenging the status quo.
In a deeply traditional region, his early adoption of screwcaps
and different vine trellising systems marked him out as the enfant
terrible of Savennières. His mantra now encompasses a belief in the
individuality of each vintage, believing it should be made with
minimal intervention to allow the wine to reflect its vintage and
unique character. His Savennières from the famous vineyards of Clos
St Yves and Clos du Papillon are rich, yet with a balance and
elegance that are unrivalled. His top cuvée of 'Trie Speciale' is
only made in very exceptional vintages when grape quality is
optimal. It is a wine full of paradox, honeyed and yet dry, rounded
and yet firm. The rich fruit, tremendous weight and concentration
ensure that it is a thoroughly memorable experience.
Florent Baumard is certainly not afraid to make a statement,
with his wines as much as his opinions on the INAO (Institut
National de l'Origine et de la Qualité). His Savennières from the
famous vineyards of Clos St Yves and Clos du Papillon are rich yet
with a balance and elegance that are unrivalled. His top Cuvée of
'Trie Speciale' is only made in very exceptional vintages.
Baumard also produces impressive sweet wines. His Côteaux du
Layon offers incredible value while his Quarts de Chaume is the
kind of nectar that leaves a lasting memory.