2005 Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon "La Paon" (Pre-Arrival)
95 points Wine Spectator: "Very enticing, with quince, pear, persimmon and fig aromas and flavors. Yet this is never heavy, only pure and refined, with a lovely, caressing finish. The acidity is really buried, and this should cruise in the cellar. Drink now through 2027." (05/07) 93 points Wine Enthusiast: "Peacock (paon) cuvée is a deliciously showy wine, powered with intense sweetness, almost syrup. The counterbalance to all this sweetness is the pear, apricot and citrus elements, which go with the dry layer of botrytis to leave a wine that it has a crisp, fresh aftertaste. Screwcap." (10/07) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Candied melon and honey dominate the nose and palate of the 2005 Coteaux du Layon Cuvee Le Paon. A formidably-concentrated, admirably pure, and not at all heavy wine, its sheer sweetness nevertheless overwhelms any sense of elegance and probably blocks access to more diverse flavors that would emerge if one chose to give this 5-7 years in the cellar. But I fear that excellent though it is, this wine has too much competition from within its own ranks alone." (08/07) ETA: End of Aug. 2009.