2004 Château Tirecul la Gravière "Cuvée Chateau" Monbazillac (500ml) (Elsewhere $30) SKU #1212135

Price: $19.99

RP 95
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K&L Notes

Just a little south of Sauternes lies the region of Monbazillac not far from the town of Bergerac. Similar in fashion to a Sauternes, the sweet wines produced here are botrytis affected. The main distinction is the much higher reliance on Muscadelle as the grape instead of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc (though those may be included). The focus of the Chateau Cuvee is Muscadelle and it is aged in wood. The flavors range from exotic to spicy with a whole panoply of flavors in-between. This is great now and will continue to evolve for years to come.

Staff Reviews

  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Reaching past the flavor profile of Sauternes, the 2004 Tirecul is coming along nicely and is beginning to evolve into its secondary phase leaving behind the fresher apricot notes behind. It is approaching the profile of an even more intriguing Hungarian Tokaj and all that encompasses. Flavors of sultanas, tobacco and Turkish coffee permeate the glass. It is succulent and rich on the palate with an extraordinarily long finish. This is really delicious all around dessert wine that is perfect now and will grow for years to come.
  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    'Godzilla vs. Monbazillac!' Nope, sorry that one will not fly as yet another summer blockbuster in the long line of Godzilla vs. the Universe flicks, as Monbazillac is hardly a ferocious Japanese monster, but a wondrously sweet wine hailing from the Bergerac region of France. Meticulous handpicking in several passes ensures that the fruit achieves uniform ripeness, and like Sauternes, this wine is exposed to the Botrytis cinerea fungus that shrivels the skins, allowing the juices to concentrate into a beautiful yellow nectar. Monbazillac is actually an assemblage of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle, and in its youth exhibits a brisk and vivacious personality that over time develops greater color, texture, and finesse. The Chateau Tirecul La Graviere has evolved aromatically for over a decade and positively sings with lyrical notes of peach, honeysuckle blossom, beeswax and apricot. Serve with a complementary fruit tart or my favorite, a chunk of St, Augur blue cheese.
  • Cameron Price
    By: Cameron Price
    K&L Staff Member
    Oh my goodness! This wine is equivalent to sunshine in a bottle! A bright, succulent, peachy-apricot bomb that is unctuous to it's core. Monbazillac is a sweet wine comparable to it's counterpart in Sauternes not 100 km away and is every bit as glorious. Though only a 500 ml bottle, when the Tirecul hits you lips you'll know that this is an excellent value. Bottoms up!
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    K&L Staff Member
    Oh yeah, lusicous, unxious, sexy Monbazillac. This is an excellent alternative to Sauternes at a fantastic price point. Notes of quince, lemon oil, and fig beam from the glass with a rich palate balanced with great acid. Try this with a strong blue cheese accompanied by fig jam or with savory dishes like foie gras.


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