Monbazillac, Southwest France

Claudie & Bruno Bilancini

Les Pins Monbazillac 2012

A luscious solid gold color in the glass with a highly expressive nose of apricots leaping at you. Lemon cream, maple syrup, and sweet pears run rampant. A touch of almonds to go with constant honey tips this off.

Similar to the Sauternes we all know and love, Monbazillac has a higher percentage of Muscadelle and are a bit more of a secret. Sweet but never cloyingly, there’s nice balance and focus instead of an overwrought syrupy mess. The palate follows the nose closely with all the apricots and pears you could ever want. Spice abounds, along with more almonds and molasses. A very pretty dessert but one with heft and character.
— 13 days ago

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Chateau de Pellehaut

Armagnac Tenareze Folle Blanche 1986

Awesome Armagnac! Delicious. 100% Folle Blanche! — 9 days ago

Dawn, Daniel P. and 15 others liked this

Elian Da Ros

Le Vin est une Fête Côtes du Marmandais Red Blend 2018

Nice discovery of the southwest, with this entry-level cuvée that makes you want to know the rest of the production. A blend that puts Abouriou in the spotlight, a grape close to Malbec or Tannat. The whole presents a very nice balance between structure and freshness; rather oriented red fruits, supported by marked tannins. Good q / p ratio

Belle découverte du sud-ouest, avec cette cuvée d’entrée de gamme qui donne envie de connaître le reste de la production. Un assemblage mettant l’Abouriou à l’honneur, cépage proche du Malbec ou Tannat. L’ensemble présente un très bel équilibre entre structure et fraîcheur; plutôt orienté fruits rouges, soutenu par des tanins marqués. Bon rapport q/p
— 22 days ago

Peter, Rob and 16 others liked this

Domaine Comte de Thun

La Parrazal Red Wine 2011

Vintage 2011 | Interesting wine from Tarn, an area small as a stamp. 60% Merlot, 20% Syrah ánd 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Oenologue Riccardo Cotarella. Great balance, tobacco, ripe cherries, chocolate and a mint impression. — 10 days ago

Josh, E and 13 others liked this

Château Montus

Madiran Tannat Blend 2001

Interesting nose. Initially spicy, red pepper, stony. In the palate still has this harsh middle plate which is rather sharp and bitter. Nose definitely better — 15 days ago

Ceccherini, Ira and 2 others liked this

Château La Grave

Cahors Malbec 2017

Burly, dark, formidable, earth, pipe tobacco, saddleback. A big cahors, ABV is 13.5% — a month ago

Paul, Josh and 1 other liked this

Domaine des Cassagnoles

Reserve Selection Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne Gros Manseng 2019

Rich and funky with a floral finish with notes of berries. — 11 days ago

Domaine Cosse et Maisonneuve

La Fage Cahors Malbec 2015

A still young Cahors with round and powerful tannins as one would expect from this appellation. Nose of black fruits, prune, eucalyptus, fresh ink, smoke, chalk, graphite. The body of the wine is generous and round. The finish is correct without extravagance. Will age favorably with a few years in the cellar.

Un Cahors encore jeune aux tanins ronds et puissant comme on attend sur cette appellation. Nez de fruits noirs, pruneau, eucalyptus, encre fraîche, fumée, crayeuse, graphite. Le corps du vin est généreux et rond. La finale est correct sans extravagance. Vieillira favorablement avec quelques années en cave.
— 21 days ago

David, Sharon and 15 others liked this

Domaine Tinon

Jurançon Sec

Great texture and acidity. Wish it was easier to find jurancon sec because when they are on, they are absolute fire — 22 days ago

Chris, Ian and 2 others liked this

Simon Busser

Chaos Cahors Red Blend

It’s good in terms of character, nice balance, but it’s not as substantial as it should be, it could’ve more depth and body. Sort of disappears a little too soon. At the same time I did enjoy it. Def worth a try — 17 days ago