Comtesse Thibier Monbazillac 1999

Member Review by duncan 906:

I bought this bottle of wine for ten pounds when I visited a wine merchant in Sussex. Monbazillac is an AOC established in 1936 for sweet white wines produced around the village of that name on the west bank of the Dordogne river just across from the town of Bergerac..Monbazillac is similar to Sauternes in that it uses the same grapes,semillon,sauvignon blanc and muscadelle which are harvested late in order to allow the development of a fungus called botrytis which contributes to the sweet taste,but the soils are different. I have not been able to find out much about Comtesse Thibier but it is either a brand name or a negociant rather than a domaine.I was also unable to find out which of the three allowable grapes were used or in what proportions.I opened my bottle last night to accompany a plate of bread and cheese and I enjoyed it.It is very sweet,almost like honey or syrup, with notes of apricots and vanilla,but there is also a strong [a little too strong in my opinion] citrus aftertaste.I did not think it as good as the Chateau Monteils Sauternes 2000 I had a few months ago but it was pleasant and reasonable value for money

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Snooth User: duncan 906
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11/05/2012

I bought this bottle of wine for ten pounds when I visited a wine merchant in Sussex. Monbazillac is an AOC established in 1936 for sweet white wines produced around the village of that name on the west bank of the Dordogne river just across from the town of Bergerac..Monbazillac is similar to Sauternes in that it uses the same grapes,semillon,sauvignon blanc and muscadelle which are harvested late in order to allow the development of a fungus called botrytis which contributes to the sweet taste,but the soils are different. I have not been able to find out much about Comtesse Thibier but it is either a brand name or a negociant rather than a domaine.I was also unable to find out which of the three allowable grapes were used or in what proportions.I opened my bottle last night to accompany a plate of bread and cheese and I enjoyed it.It is very sweet,almost like honey or syrup, with notes of apricots and vanilla,but there is also a strong [a little too strong in my opinion] citrus aftertaste.I did not think it as good as the Chateau Monteils Sauternes 2000 I had a few months ago but it was pleasant and reasonable value for money




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