Domaine Grange Neuve
Monbazillac is no doubt the most famous wine of the Dordogne region. It is also the oldest, perched on the south side of the Dordogne Valley. The soil, at an altitude of 50 and 180 metres, is mainly limestone-clay. The Monbazillac region enjoys an unusual temperate climate. In autumn a remarkable weather phenomenon takes place – due to a combination of the early morning mists and the warm afternoons. The humidity, during this warm period, favours the production of a microscopic fungus called “Botrytis Cinerea”. The natural concentration of flavour, due to the development of noble rot provoked by the Botrytis Cinerea is what lends this remarkable dessert wine its intense flavour. Anthony Castaing is the proprietor at Domaine Grange Neuve and he and his family exercise much skill and patience in harvesting by hand only to select the best grapes at harvest. Anthony uses the classic Monbazillac proportions of 80% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Muscadelle which produces his signature nectar which can withstand bottle aging of up to 20 years in some cases for his prized Fut des Chenes.
AOC Monbazillac

Region: Bergerac, France
Color: Deep yellow to light amber
Aroma: Orange Blossom, honeysuckle and lilac
Tasting Notes: Nice balanced botrytis, with a more fresh bright fruit and honey finish.
Food Pairings: Foie Gras, Goat cheese, lemon based desserts and fruit tarts.
Grape Variety: 80% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Muscadelle
Alcohol Level: 13%

Vinification: Traditional fermentation but for Monbazillac it is stopped before completion as to leave residual sugar in the wine that gives it the sweet liqueur like qualities.
Notes/Facts: In the finest years most of the harvest goes to making the Fut des Chenes sweet wines, but this classic version vinified in stainless steel gives us our every day drinking sweet wines that are well balanced and super affordable.

A.O.C. Monbazillac “Fut des Chenes”

Region: Bergerac, France
Color: Golden Yellow to Deep Honey Amber
Aroma: Orange Blossom, Plums and Prunes
Tasting Notes: Vanilla, caramel and spices with endless layers of complexity.
Food Pairings: Foie Gras, Light Desserts and Berry Dishes
Grape Variety: 80% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Muscadelle
Alcohol Level: 13%

Vinification: Long maturation in either vat or oak for a period of 12 months or more.
Notes/Facts: Because of its history as one of the oldest AOC’s, Monbazillac is Perigord’s ambassador worldwide. Its known origins date back to the Middle Ages, where the lords and clergy were already developing sweet white wines on the southern slopes of the Dordogne valley.