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Monday, August 08, 2011

2003 Domaine Des Baumard Quarts De Chaume


For those who hold a special place in their hearts for the "stickies", this wine is a must try before I die type selection. A renowned 110 acre vineyard in the Coteaux du layon district of the Anjou in the heart of the Loire Valley, Quarts de Chaume wine is made from hand-selected bunches of very ripe and botrytis'd  Chenin Blanc.

The wine is always sweet, but is perfectly balanced because of it's striking acidity and sleek texture. This wine is in my honest opinion the best dessert wine you can purchase for the price. No, it's not a Chateau d'Yquem, but it's about a tenth of the price in exceptional vintages, and it can sometimes compete with Yquem in terms of complexity. 

The 2003 Domaine Des Baumard Quarts De Chaume is a straw-yellow colored wine and shows aromas of ripe pear, white peach, creme brulee, honeysuckle, mineral, and wild-flower. 

On the palate the wine glides gracefully across the tongue and displays generous flavors of white peach, apricot nectar, honeysuckle, mineral, almond, and just a hint of meyer lemon peel. The texture of the wine is quite perplexing, because although it's creamy in nature, it's also surprisingly sleek. The wine is dense and concentrated, yet the super-razor acidity cleans up the cloying sugar and helps the wine finish extremely long. The finish is in all seriousness at least 2 minutes long. 94 points
 
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