Thursday, June 30, 2022

Thierry Despres Grande Maison Cuvee des Monstres Monbazillac, 1996 (375 ml)

Monbazillac is a satellite of the more prestigious Sauternes/Barsac appellation, and ordinarily sells at a discount. Thierry Despres, however, aspires not only for Sauternes quality but also the standards of the No. 1 Sauternes, Chateau d'Yquem. I don't have enough experience with Yquem to compare the two, but this dessert wine is very, very good.

Deep old gold, nearly turning to copper. Apricots, coconut, honey--botrytis in spades. Very rich and fat on the palate, like apricot puree. I opened it to drink with an apricot tart, and it was a perfect match. One taster compared it to a German Trockenbeerenauslese, and I agree. Loads of pleasure in this little half bottle.

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