Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Coteaux du Layon and Gâteau de Mamy

Is there anything better than a Coteaux du Layon for a sweet ending to a dinner that started around a wines from the Loire Valley theme?

Coteaux du Layon is an appellation located along the river Layon in the Loire Valley, producing sweet white wines from the Chenin Blanc grape. One of the region's best estate is Domaine des Baumard. This is a domaine that consistently produces impressive Chenin Blanc wines from Savennières, Coteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume.

I chose to serve a Coteaux du Layon from Domaine des Baumard called Clos de Sainte Catherine — in honor of my patron saint. With the wine, we had a Gâteau de Mamy à la Poire, a tasty pear cake from Chocolate and Zucchini.

The 2002 Coteaux du Layon Domaine des Baumard Clos de Sainte Catherine was wonderful! It had a deep golden color with a nose of ripe pear and honey. On the palate, it was fresh, crisp and not overly sweet, with a long and elegant finish.

... And these days, if you're trying to recover from an overdose of pumpkin pie, try the Gâteau de Mamy. It is really easy to make and truly delicious!

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