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2005 Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon Cuvee Le Paon
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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2010

($40) Vivid gold. Exotically perfumed bouquet displays orange marmalade, apricot, mango, peach, brown butter, honey and baking spices. Lush, creamy pit and tropical fruit flavors show impressive depth and considerable sweetness, but subtle minerality adds back-end lift and cut. The finish doesn't let up, strongly repeating the honey and tropical fruit notes along with a hint of honeydew. This is sweet enough to serve with rich desserts or strong cheeses but I don't find it cloying. Very seductive already but balanced to age for at least another decade.

95 Points | Wine Spectator
90 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About the Loire Valley

With the exception of Sancerre, which has been a hot item in the U.S. market in recent years, Loire Valley wines are among the most underappreciated of France. The wines made from vineyards alongside France's longest river are aromatic, brisk, and generally..
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Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc, the most important white grape variety of the central Loire Valley, ranges in style from bone dry to medium sweet to staggeringly rich in appellations like Vouvray, Montlouis, Savennieres, and Coteaux de Layon. In all styles, expect high levels of acid that can provide tremendous amounts of balance to these wines...
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