One of the Loire's most lauded producers, Florent Baumard, based in Rochefort-sur-Loire, just across the river from Angers, 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 ''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.