Saturday, September 15, 2007

Domaine Des Baumard Clos du Papillon Savennieres 2001 Wine Review (NW)

Tasting notes:

Nose has muted fruit, fig, and caramel

Citrus and minerals on the palate

Finishes with a floral note, followed by lemons, mineral accents, and almonds

I opened this bottle with PB of this blog. We found the wine to be very unique and interesting, but couldn't quite figure it out. With an unusual nose of figs and muted fruit tones, it went on into citrus, floral, and mineral notes that don't seem very well integrated.

While it's certainly a complex and carefully made Chenin Blanc, it doesn't glide across the palate. We spent far too much time trying to figure it out and far too little time actually enjoying it. Maybe that's our fault, but it really is a complicated wine. For that reason, I don't recommend it for every day drinking.

If you read the big scores the critics awarded to this wine and you're still interested in checking it out, try a roasted poultry dish or hearty quiche as a pairing. Then be prepared to spend about $25 on the bottle.

Raise a glass to the world of wine!

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