Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon 1976
WS96: Notes of smoke and spice open up in this dessert wine, while white chocolate, candied orange peel and quince paste flavors form the core. Not especially intense, but the elements show beautiful harmony and the acidity imparts amazing drive and freshness. This can age longer, but is delicious now.
VM87: Nineteen seventy-six was a taste of what was to come in 2003 - it was a drought year with high temperatures that were not particularly conducive to botrytis. The result is a rather quiet sweet 1976 Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon - not showy in aromas nor opulent in sweetness. It displays a deep golden color, reflecting its 40-plus years in bottle. The nose is understated albeit slightly high toned, reminiscent of burnt orange, toffee apple and ground almonds. It's a sweet style but it retains a focused core and despite its sweetness, it shows a lightness of touch. Considering the heat and the dry of the season, the acidity provides enough refreshment on the finish.