In a nutshell:
A sweet, luscious and crisp dessert wine from the Perigord region of South West France.
Monbazillac is a small town south of Bergerac in the Dordogne which has a long history of producing sweet wines. They bear similarities with the wines of Sauternes which is not too far away both in the grape varieties used and the way the wines are made, but don't, on the whole, carry the same price tag. Made from 80% Semillon with a little Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle the grapes are hand harvested at a late stage of maturity, in three successive 'triage', to ensure that only the most mature grapes are picked and after fermentation the wine is matured for 24 months. It makes a fabulous, sweet and luscious wine, the nose is fresh with classic botrytis marmalade and ripe nectarine. The flavours on the palate are richer and nicely honeyed with a finishing twist of bitter orange. It has a great backbone of fine acidity leading to a pleasingly clean finish.
When to drink:
In France it would be served as an apéritif but it's also really good with paté or blue cheeses such as Roquefort.
Suitable for Vegans