Cuvee des Anges, Grande Maison (Monbazillac)
Monbazillac, situated near the town of Bergerac east of Bordeaux, is home to one of the world's great dessert wine areas. Often underrated due to the (unfair) comparison with its wealthy cousin Sauternes, Monbazillac can stand on its own as far as quality is concerned. A recent vintage of an esteemed appellation that shows no immaturity and only a hint of youthfulness. A lusciously rich dessert wine with poise, complexity and good length. In vinification the accent has been placed on preservation of its fruit aromas.
Grape varieties: Semillon/Sauvignon/Muscadelle
"Offers sensational value...Toasted brioche, musk, white truffle, gardenia, honey and candied citrus rind waft from a glass of this self-styled angelic cuvee. In the mouth, I bet you'll be amazed, because this wine is rich, creamy and expansive yet practically delicate, and sweetness is actually the last thing that will occur to you as you let it reveal its citrus, tropical fruit, animal, and nobly fungal facets. The long finish is only very subtly sweet, with chalk, bitter-sweet candied citrus, and musky, meaty notes that will convince you not just to take the next sip, but to explore the many possibilities for this wine at table over the coming 2-3 years. An open bottle will hold up well for more than a week, so what are you scared of? Grande Maison...is crafting nobly sweet wine that can compete with the best of Sauternes. More attention needs to be paid to the appellation (Monbazillac) - but of course more consumers need to be indoctrinated into the mysteries, versatility, and seductive pleasures of these and similar 'slow wines'" David Schildknecht, WINE ADVOCAT (92pts) AUG 08
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork