Chateau La Graviere Tirecul 2003 "Madame" Montbazillac



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 99 points                                                 

A fantastic dessert wine from France.  Montbazillac is known as a 'stunt double' for the much more expensive Sauternes.  The rare "Madame" is only made in the finest of vintages and a tiny amount is produced - only 50 cases imported to the US. This a 500ml bottle.

99 Points Robert Parker: "The Cuvee Madame may be one of the two or three greatest sweet wines I have ever tasted. Only 20 cases of this wine, harvested grape by grape from five to six passes in the vineyard per day, were made from yields of 5 hectoliters per hectare (approximately one-fifth ton of fruit per acre). It tastes like the essence of orange marmalade infused with honey, and some flowery, fruit cocktail concoction. The wine boasts extraordinary purity, and exceptional sweetness, all buttressed by refreshing acidity. Aged in 100% new oak, the wine reveals no evidence of wood, no doubt because of its phenomenal extract. These wines will be nearly impossible to find, but I hope those few lucky enough to latch onto a few 500 ml bottles will lay some away and taste them against the greatest vintages of Chateau d'Yquem or Climens. An astonishing discovery!"

Brix26 Inside Scoop:  Sauternes lies to the south of Bordeaux, while Montbazillac lies just East of this famous winegrowing center.  While Sauternes is widely know as producing some of the world's finest and most expensive sweet white wines, Montbazillac produces wines that offer an almost identical taste and flavor experience but at a fraction of the price. The Chateau Tirecul La Graviere "Madame" 2003 is one of the highest-scoring wines to come out of the region at an unreal price. Not much gets imported to the US market however.

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