Are you ready for a winery Rated “Outstanding” 5-star producer (one of only 4 producers in Southwest France) in Robert Parkers Wine Buyers Guide #7?
Grande Maison is located in Monbazillac AOP in Southwest France, the most notable region generating botrytized wines from Bordeaux varietals. Their vines are raised biodynamically, with yields that often lower than the famous Chateau d’Yquem, Grande Maison is the ultimate expression of Monbazillac botrytized wines, and a smart man’s Sauternes.
The winery produces 3 levels of sweet wines, with Cuvee des Montres being their top of the line offering.
This is a special wine. A blend of 60% Semillion, 30% Muscadelle and 10% Sauvignon Blanc, crafted only in the finest years. A special selection of the estate’s oldest vines, many more than 100 years old. The estate performs a “tri au grain,” or single-berry selection, to ensure only the ripest, healthiest botrytized grapes are used. Fermented on indigenous yeasts and aged in new French oak barrels for three years. Less than 1,000 bottles made annually. This wine is made with the same care and attention to detail that goes into the making of Château d’Yquem. This wine shows great depth and concentration while remaining fresh and elegant. A stunning wine to enjoy now or cellar for a further 20+ years.
You can see a clear difference just on the color alone, incredible value for what you are getting in the bottle here (for both Cuvee du Chateau and Cuvee des Monstres!) If you are planning on serving soft cheeses or some type of stone fruit pie this holiday, you need to grab a few bottles of these gem!