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Monbazillac, Château Pech La Calevie 2020
White Wine from France - SW France (excl. Bordeaux)
This is a glorious, succulent and peachy nectar from the Dordogne in the south-west of France, made in the style of a Sauternes. Although fully sweet, it retains great delicacy and freshness.
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- White Wine
- 8 - Very sweet
- Now to 2026
- 12.5% Alcohol
- oak used but not v. noticeable
- Cork, natural
Château Pech La Calevie
This family estate in the commune of Pomport in the Dordogne, dating back to the 14th century, has been in the hands of the same family since the late 18th century. The terrible toll on the family of two world wars in the 20th century meant that until the 1960s the farm focussed on cereals and cattle to make ends meet, with just 6 hectares under vine.
Denis Tricou, the current owner, and his father expanded the vineyard until they reached the 22 hectares Denis works today, with 16 of those hectares planted to white varieties, sauvignon blanc, semillon, and muscadelle.
From these varieties, with semillon dominating, Denis produces a classic monbazillac sweet wine. Further upstream than Sauternes, but in an excellent spot that is equally susceptible to noble rot, these wines have the advantage of costing considerably less than their more famous counterparts!
Made in Bergerac, Monbazillac is far more affordable than Sauternes (this one is under £14 for a full 75cl bottle), but made in the same style. This example is made entirely from the semillon grape, and...Made in Bergerac, Monbazillac is far more affordable than Sauternes (this one is under £14 for a full 75cl bottle), but made in the same style. This example is made entirely from the semillon grape, and is perfectly balanced, fully sweet, but with freshening acidity, lifted peach fruit flavours and a hint of barley sugar. A chilled glass served as an aperitif on a warm summer's day - heavenly!
Quite heavy and sweet – especially in comparison with the Coteaux du Layon – but it’s clean and just the right side of sugary.