F. Pelletant Ch. la Gironie Monbazillac 2005
Pomport, Bergerac, France
I have a soft spot for two things: delightful dessert wine and a good deal. Monbazillac scores on both fronts. It hails from southwest France, along the banks of the Dordogne River. Monbazillac has many similarities to Sauternes -- it's made from botrytized Semillon, Sauvinon Blanc, and Muscadelle; a rich sweetness and full body -- but is a fraction of the price! Score.
Review: This golden wine has pronounced aromas of honey, orange marmalade, and caramel apples. The palate is lusciously sweet with a full body, soft texture, and fresh acidity. More rich honeyed and candied orange rind (with that tiny hint of bitterness) and sweet apricot compote continue show persistent flavors. Simply delicious.
Food Pairing: Goat cheese and watermelon salad.
Bottom Line: I love how the acidity and slight bitterness compliment the sweet, richness of the wine. Delicious. And at about $15 a 375mL bottle, a steal.
- VINTAGE: 2005
- PLACE: Monbazillac AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
- GRAPE: Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscadelle
- BOOZE: 13.5%
- CELLAR: Drink now through 2018
Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Price