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This is a glorious, succulent and peachy nectar from the Dordogne, made in the style of a Sauternes. Though fully sweet, it retains great delicacy and freshness ? a wine that would do justice to a pavlova!
Product Code: FC39841
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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!
Most of the wine regions representing the south-west of France are linked by river to Bordeaux and were once rivals of the Bordelais for trade. It was certainly not unknown for some of these wines to be brought to Bordeaux in order to stiffen the sinews of some of the thinner clarets in days gone by. However, there is more to the region than those appellations and the Vins de pays/ IGPs up-river of their erstwhile rival.The south-west can be roughly compartmentalised in to four categories, as follows:Bergeracois: running along both banks of the Dordogne River and including Bergerac, Monbazillac and other ACs where Bordeaux varieties proliferate, ably and interestingly supported by some local varieties.Garonne: running along both banks of the River Garonne as far as Agen and featuring Côtes-de-Duras, Côtes-du-Marmandais, Buzet.Haut-Pays: the area north and north-west of Toulouse including Gaillac, Cahors and the Côtes-du-Frontonnais.Pyrenees: in the area between Adour and the Pyrenees. Here you will find Côtes de Gascogne, Madiran, Jurançon, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh and Irouléguy, the latter of which is in real Basque country in the foothills of the Pyrennes, close to the Bay of Biscay. The influence of the Atlantic Ocean is surprisingly strong even this deep inland and it merges with continental and alpine elements across such a large area to provide moist spring weather and wet winters counterbalanced by hot summers and long, sunny autumns just as the grapes are ripening. Naturally, the area is great enough in size for the soils to be incredibly varied across it. Alluvial and marine soils, often gravel and limestone respectively, are common factors in many areas, the former often on rising terraces above rivers or ancient watercourses. In many appellations and IGPs it has taken the dynamism of forward thinking, passionate cooperatives and visionaries to save the vineyards and indigenous grape varieties of these regions from serious neglect or even extinction. The devastation of phylloxera around the end of the 19th century was particularly bad in these areas and it was not really until the 1970s, and even later in some cases, that a turnaround in fortunes occurred. The roll call of local varieites is impressive and promising – abouriou, arrufiac, baroque, duras, fer servadou, jurançon noir, len de l’el, petit manseng, gros manseng, mauzac, négrette, tannat and peiti courbu. It is a region that should make a curious wine lover’s mouth water.
"Scrumptious. This wine was starred on the recent Cheese and Wine event as a partner with a good Brie. We matched it in a family event with Winslade cheese, a cross between Vacherin and Camembert, and everyone raved about it. "
I would recommend this wine
"Great value, perfect for warmer-weather outdoor eating when you don't necessarily want something super-sticky. Will buy again."
"Not quite in the Sauternes league but still a very drinkable wine which went very well with Christmas pudding. Highly recommended. "
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"Great, straightforward dessert wine. We enjoyed it over Christmas."
Mr Joseph Spencer (04-Jan-2021)
"A well-balanced, elegant dessert wine: light yet flavoursome, honey sweetness without cloying syrupiness. Good with fruit-based desserts, and even surprisingly good with the citrus hit of a key lime pie. It won't cope anything particularly heavy - remember this is Sauternes style, not like the raisiny tones of a Samos Anthemis, or a Moscatel."
Mr Iain McDonald (24-Nov-2020)
"Excellent desert wine at this price."
Mr Nicholas Evans (10-Nov-2020)
"Colour: Deep golden yellow.
Aroma: Quite pungent, botrytis is evident, musky/mouldy (in a good way), peach, apricot, lemon, orange peel, quince and lychee with a spicy note.
Taste: Full and rich but not overly sweet, med acidity with marzipan, apricot jam, ripe papaya and a touch of spice on the palate. Delicious sour twist on the resonant finish.
Overall: Succulent and moreish, I love how the noble rot stands out, adds an extra layer to the wine. Perhaps lacking a little acidity but very minor fault, highly recommend at this price."
Mr Gabriel Higgins (16-May-2020)
"I was impressed with this. My usual experience of sweet wine has been a mix of middle-of-the road syrupy botrytis etc. This one tasted fresh, delicate and fruity. What a pity it's gone out of stick!"
Mr Terry McAuliffe (23-Dec-2019)
"Made in the style of a Sauternes, it could pass as such – smooth, sweet and delicate it is a good value pudding wine"
David R Everett (02-Oct-2019)
"Being very familiar with the area around Bergerac and the extensive range of Monbazillac available I can safely say this is by far the worst Monbazillac I have ever tasted. It has none of the characteristic flavour of this wine and can best be described as sugar water. It isn't worth just the one star. None of us (including a fellow member) could drink it and it went down the sink."
Mr Derek Carver (01-Sep-2019)
"Wow ! This is an intensely sweet desert wine. Huge bottle and almost forgot a bought it. Had this freezing cold with cheese over the weekend and it was amazing! So fresh, crisp with an intense taste of honey. It was just delightful! I will definitely buy again."
Mrs Bryanne Hendricks (19-Aug-2019)
"The good stuff. This is fully sweet, but not cloying, and practically bursting with flowery-honeyed-apple flavour. Reminiscent of Sauternes, perhaps, but a good deal cheaper. This was bought to accompany a sticky toffee pudding (which it actually handled very well!) but I confess I've been unable to resist a quick slurp from the fridge-cold leftovers as an aperitif while cooking dinner."
Mr Patrick Vickers (08-Mar-2019)
JancisRobinson.com (14th Dec 2019)
with a floral undertow. Very clean, though not suitable for ageing. Excellent
value. - Jancis Robinson"
JancisRobinson.com (25th Oct 2019)
"In a full bottle,
superior Monbazillac with a floral undertow. Very clean, though not to be aged.
Very good value. 16.5/20"
The Daily Telegraph (20th Oct 2018)
"Monbazillac uses the
same grape mix as the great sweet wines of Bordeaux, and offers fine value. A
young wine with apricot, passion fruit and mango, this is brilliant with fruit
desserts. - Hamish Anderson"
The Oldie (13th Oct 2016)
rich … a honeyed sweetness balanced by natural acidity. Aromas of acacia and
spice, flavours of apricot, marmelade and pineapple … rich, sweet,
mouthfilling .. to savour with foie gras or with puddings - tarte aux noix …
or îles flottantes ... an absolute steal. - Bill Knott
"I purchased this wine to have with pudding on Christmas and had been looking forward to trying during our meal. It was about the sweetness that I expected, but there was a slight after taste which was not very pleasant. When I asked the family what they thought of the wine, they all said there was something that reminded them of the mouthwash at the dentist. I will be giving this a miss in future."
Mr B Wise (05-Jan-2016)
"Lovely. I agree with the press reviews' emphasis on the hedonistic nature of this wine! It's very true to type, not attempting the restrained elegance of top Sauternes, but offering real exuberance and richness, with - yes - a distinctive whiff of botrytis. Excellent value and wonderful with cheese, especially blue cheese."
Mr Peter J Brennan (29-Oct-2014)
Hampstead & Highgate Express (6th Feb 2014)
alternative to Sauternes … the best Monbzaillac I've tasted recently - Liz Sagues"
JancisRobinson.com (17th Dec 2013)
apple-caramel juice. Round and with excellent acidity. One of the most refined
Monbazillacs I have tasted for a while. Ridiculously cheap. Not for keeping but
it should deliver huge pleasure. Very good value."
Financial Times (21st Dec 2013)
Heavy, apple-caramel juice. Round and with
excellent acidity. One of the most refined Monbazillacs I have tasted for a
while. Ridiculously cheap. Not for keeping but it should deliver huge
- Jancis Robinson
winegang.com (4th Nov 2013)
A festive alternative to Sauternes, this full-on sweet
dessert wine made from 100% Sémillon offers a heady and hedonistic wallow in
luscious candied citrus and tropical fruit, tangy marmalade and honey, with
the all-important wave of citrusy acidity keeping it just this side of
The Mail on Sunday (20th Oct 2013)
Ace value for a full-size bottle of top quality
sweet stuff. Perfect with bread and butter pudding, or fruit crumble, or
solo. - Olly Smith
"We drank this at the Poisson d'Avril dinner at Les Pecheurs d'Etaples on 1st April 2011 and it was quite delicious with the lemon crepes. Not the length of a comparable Sauternes but extremely good value at the price."
Philip A Cambray (05-Apr-2011)
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