In a nutshell: A sensuous concentration of sweet marmalade and honey. An incomparable southwestern French dessert wine.
The lowdown: This rich and intense dessert wine is bursting with floral, candied fruit aromas, orange peel marmalade, and exotic spicy notes. The crisp acidity keeps everything fresh on the tongue. Soft, elegant and concentrated it's got a lovely long finish that's simply pure pleasure. Made from perfectly botrytised grapes which are picked and fermented together before being aged in barrel for between 12-36 months. No sugar is added, the result is entirely natural. A glorious wine, unctuously rich and intense.
Monbazillac sits just to the south of Bergerac and is the Dordogne's answer to Sauternes. The climate in certain specific locations here is just right for inducing Noble Rot, the critical element needed for making sweet wines in this part of the world. Château Tirecul la Gravière, being fortunate enough to have vineyards suitably susceptible to this benevolent condition, is generally acknowledged as the best producer in the region. They've been lauded by no less a wine critic then the renowned Robert Parker as 'producing sweet wines comparable to the most notable in the world'. Their wines are certainly ones to take seriously.
When to drink: Blue cheeses are a great pairing and, contrastingly, so are sweet puddings. Being among the sweetest of sweet wines this will easily match up to the stickiest of them!