If you haven’t heard of Monbazillac, it’s understandable. Located east of Bordeaux, this area is much less renowned than its neighbor to the northeast, Sauternes. Both regions produce outstanding sweet white wines.
We brought out this selection to go with our dessert on the Fourth of July. Our friend Maria made a Red, White and Blue Truffle with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries along with shortcake and delicious cream. Good thing too, because the Grande Maison is so sweet that you need something on par with it so rein in the sugar.
This is a half-bottle of dessert wine and a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. You may be surprised to know that it gets its flavor from mold. Botrytis, or noble rot, is a fungus that causes the grapes to shrivel, concentrating both the sugar and the flavor.
The flavors are similar to ice wine, honey-sweet with candied lemon. The texture is viscous, but not quite syrupy. The flavors are fresh and in small sips, quite enjoyable.
Rating: 2.5 of 5 Value: 3 of 5 (based on price of $13)