Second bottle of 89 CdL Paon label I've had in a few weeks. This one was much much better. Tremendously balanced graceful apricot, honey, white peach, minerality, acidity-- it was a beautiful demisec dessert wine unto itself.
I bought this wine recently on sale for $10 (I've seen SRP's of $45 for this wine). I was not sure of the storage but thought it was worth a shot at that price since 1989 was an excellent year in the Loire Valley and Baumard is a top producer. I was annxious to see how this 17 year old CdL was holding up to get a gauge on the few bottles of 2002 Phillippe Delesvaux Coteaux du Layon St. Aubin that I am cellaring. I opened this on Saturday afternoon when Thelostverse, R2-D2 and Allreds girlfriend came over.
Coteaux du Layon makes balanced sweet wines. The subappellations of Quarts de Chaume and Bonnezeaux are located here. Even the so called dry wines like this bottle have substantial residual sugar putting them on the sweet side of the wine spectrum. Domaine des Baumard is one of the larger estates in the region with a 86 acres (27 in Layon). It is a family run estate which Florent Baumard took over from his Father in the early 1990's. He recently decided to begin bottling all of his wines with screwcaps. Baumard is probably best known for his Quarts de Chaume and their single vineyard Savennières Clos du Papillon.
I did not have any problem with the cork in this bottle. The wine was a clear golden yellow color. Scents of poached pears and some citrus oil. Nicely balanced with notes of lemon custard, sandlewood and spices. On the sweet side but not cloying. May have been some botrytis in this wine as well. Great mouthfeel. A winner. Too bad this was my only bottle. Looking forward to the Delesvaux 10 years from now. 92 points.
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