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A Charming French Sparkler to Toast a New Book

Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Carte Turquoise Brut NV

James Laube
Posted: May 12, 2010

To celebrate his new book on Sonoma, photographer Andy Katz invited me to a casual dinner at his home in Alexander Valley, where he toasted the release with Domaine des Baumard’s non-vintage Crémant de Loire Carte Turquoise Brut. Crisp, refreshing, vibrant and delicate, this Chenin Blanc-based sparkling wine, with touches of citrus and green apple, is worth going out of your way to try.

Wine drinkers often forget that there are grapes beyond Pinot Noir and Chardonnay—two of the key varieties in Champagne—that can make great bubblies. Too many also overlook France’s Loire Valley for great reds and whites. If you’re curious to try something from the Loire, Domaine des Baumard makes a slew of great wines and its name on a label is usually a good sign. (Baumard is best known for its Quarts du Chaume, a sweet Chenin Blanc that my colleague James Molesworth once called “a jaw dropper.”) Its sparkling wines don’t necessarily reach those heights but are more affordable; this Carte Turquoise was 88 points, non-blind, and about $19.

WineSpectator.com members: Get scores and tasting notes for more recently rated white wines from the Loire Valley, along with our quick list of Top Values among French whites.

Jack Alexander
Orange NJ —  May 12, 2010 5:58pm ET
I'm hoping somebody out there can tell me which wholesaler, if any, carries this brand in NJ. I've heard nice things about a number of their wines, but can't seem to find any.

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