Domaine l`Ancienne Cure Monbazillac Jour de Fruit 2011
The property is currently made up of 42 hectares of vines: 18 ha of Semillon, 5.5 ha of Sauvignon, 1.5 ha of Muscadelle, totalling 25 ha of white grape varieties.
Monbazillac is blended from three grape varieties, Semillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle and is harvested manually over several selective 'tris' or passages where only the grapes affected the the famous and miraculous Noble Rot are chosen. Botrytis is a grape mould which can either be disastrous for the crop, or highly beneficial. Most commonly appearing as grey rot, it is a sworn enemy, but as 'noble rot', its onset can be particularly lucrative - notably for the lucky growers in misty parts of Sauternes and Barsac in Bordeaux, the Loire Valley, or the vineyards of Mosel. Botrytis mould saps the moisture from the grape until all that is left inside is a concentrated sugary essence, which when fermented, produces an exceptionally sweet and focused wine. Soil: chalky-clay; grape varieties: 90% Semillon, 10% Muscadelle. Vinification: Settling and alcoholic fermentation in new barrels for a period of 3 months. Elevage: regular racking and lees stirring during 18 months of barrel elevage.
Ideal with light desserts or cheese