93 -RP The 1996 Coteaux du Layon Beaulieu Cuvee de la Tour is a magnificent wine yet does not appear to have the seamless harmony of the other-worldly 1995. Oak-infused quince scents give way to a super-rich, concentrated, massively ripe core of marzipan dripping yellow fruits, candied lemons, and wood spices. It marvelously reflects the purity and vibrancy that characterizes the 1996 vintage. It is unusual that a wine this oily and dense could leave the taster's mouth feeling refreshed. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2025+.