In a nutshell: Succulently peachy and marmalady, a mightily impressive Dordogne dessert wine.
The lowdown: The intensity of the honey, blossom and orange marmalade on the nose is something to behold. This might be 'just' Tirecul's entry level dessert wine, made from their younger vines, but the care and attention lavished on it, which is the same as for their more upmarket wines, really shows through in the finished product. Beautifully balanced acidity means, despite the sweetness, it's wonderfully clean and fresh in the mouth and a delicious after dinner tipple.
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: It's a treat with a slice of coffee and walnut, or whatever similar style of cake takes your fancy.