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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Wine Review: Château Bellevue Monbazillac 2011

Château Bellevue Monbazillac 2011

Oh, dessert wine! Yesssssss! Alright, here's the thing, I have never been into sweets. Candy has never appealed to me and I absolutely despise cake (except for carrot cake). My junkfood has always been the salty stuff. Chips and cheese, man. Those giant jugs of UTZ Cheeseballs? I could devour that whole thing in one sitting. Anyways, my point is, I don't like sweets but I love sweet wine! And dessert wine is like friggin' heaven, I'm telling ya right now! All you dessert wine producers out there should be sending me some of your dessert wine because it's guaranteed to get a good review. Just saying.

Monbazillac is an AOC in southern France that makes sweet dessert wine around the village of Monbazillac, and even though the Monbazillac AOC wasn't established until 1936, they've been doing their thing with dessert wine for a very long time. Monbazillac's wines are said to be similar to Sauternes but tend to have more Muscadelle in the blend.

This guy right here is from Château Bellevue, which was built in the 17th century, and is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle, using the traditional methods of producing Monbazillac. One interesting thing I found while searching for information: Ponton d'Amecourt is the name of the family that has owned the Château since 1972, and their ancestor Gustave invented the helicopter in 1861. Neat!

This wine is a golden yellow in color. On the nose there's aromas of pineapple, apricots, jasmine, and honey. On the palate it's full bodied, thick and syrupy, with a little less acidity than I wasn't expecting, making the sweetness a big focus. There's flavors of apricots, lime, brioche, and of course honey. Then it has a lovely long lasting sweet finish of apricot, lime, and honey.

I rate by price vs quality, that way a $10 wine that blows away other $10 wines can have the same score as $100 wines that do the same to other $100 wines. And dude, this is an excellent value for a 375ml bottle of dessert wine. It's not Château d'Yquem but it'll only cost you $19, and I'm enjoying the crap out of it.

Price: $19
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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