2009 Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc 'Cuvee du Chateau', 500mlGrande Maison
Thierry Despres is the very jovial owner / wine-maker of Grande Maison. The sweet Monbazillac’s are Thierry’s pride and joy, although his dry whites and reds from the Bergerac appellation are equally outstanding. Since arriving at Grande Maison, a 13th century building, he has completely renovated both the vineyards and the buildings.
The Monbazillac wines are made from grapes grown on very low yielding vines. Individual botrytis affected grapes are hand selected from up to 7 picking runs through the vineyards. Thierry has also built a dam amongst the vineyards to help induce the attack of botrytis.
From selected botrytised grapes – wood aged – very fresh and will keep very well though drinking brilliantly now. Rich luscious and long finishing fresh. A stunning success in this outstanding vintage, 2009 combines richness and freshness giving a wine of great power with balanced acidity. Fabulous