The Monbazillac AOC
produces sweet white wine on steep north-facing slopes, on the left bank of the Dordogne, near the village of Monbazillac, to the south of the Bergerac wine region. The Monbazillac wines obtained AOC status by a decree of March 1936.
The Monbazillac appellation covers five communes: Colombier, Monbazillac, Pomport, Rouffignac-de-Sigoulès and Saint-Laurent-des-Vignes. It is located on the slopes of the left bank of the Dordogne. The orientation of Monbazillac’s northern slope protects it from excessive heat and the orientation facing the river encourages the development of noble rot. In this area, the alternation of humidity and dryness in the autumn also helps the development of noble rot. The wines from this area are the ones most likely to carry the wording “selected noble grapes”. The orientations of other terroirs are less propitious to the development of botrytis. These are preferred for the production of a semi-sweet Monbazillac.
Monbazillac has a straw colour with golden nuances. This colour darkens and becomes more pronounced over the years. Whether sweet or semi-sweet, the wines, rich in glycerol and other sweet constituents, are powerful and full-bodied with an intense bouquet. Château Tirecul La Gravière, Domaine de L'Ancienne Cure and Vignobles des Verdots are excellent representatives of the Monbazillac appellation.