The Château Monbazillac !!

Again, a wine castle, we love it!  This one is particularly memorable because it was the Monbazillac white sweet wine my dear late wife Martine love,and introduce me to it. Memories forever and this is the Château Monbazillac! I found an old pic from a paper pic so the quality but for me its the memories that counts. Hope you enjoy the post as I.

The Château Monbazillac is located in the town of Monbazillac, in the Dordogne department 24, of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of my belle France. In 1960, the château was purchased by the Monbazillac cooperative cellar, which markets wine from its 25 hectares of vines surrounding the château. The castle becomes a museum.

Around 1550, the castle was built in one go by Charles d’Aydie on a very simple plan: a rectangle confined to the corners of four large circular towers. Access is via a fixed bridge with two arches. The Huguenot Louis de Bouchard d’Aubeterre bought the castle in 1607, which in 1666 became the property of Pierre Barraud. In 1685 the Edict of Fontainebleau was signed, the Edict of Nantes was revoked. The widow of Pierre Barraud abjures Protestantism to become a Catholic.  In 1777, François Hilaire de Bacalan bought the castle. In 1790, he became mayor of Monbazillac and abandoned his particle, probably due to this action, the castle survived the French revolution without damage.

The Château Monbazillac, owned by the Monbazillac Cooperative cellar since 1960, presents a unique and original architecture, a mixture of medieval defensive systems and Renaissance elegance. Planted in the heart of the prestigious vineyard that bears its name, the view from the terraces of the park offers an extraordinary panorama over the Dordogne valley. Fully furnished, the Château is open all year round for free or guided tours. At the end of the visit to the Château, a tasting of Monbazillac is offered to each visitor. This emblematic Bergerac castle has remained imperturbable since the end of the 16C, when the quality of its wines was notorious well beyond the borders of Aquitaine.

Monbazillac chateau de montbazillac front et vineyards

Monbazillac is a sweet wine produced south of the Bergerac vineyard, on steep hillsides facing north, on the left bank of the Dordogne, near the village of Monbazillac. It has a AOC ,controlled designation of origin. The main grape varieties are Muscadelle Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, and Semillon Blanc. They can be planted with Chenin Blanc, Ondenc Blanc or Ugni Blanc. They are however limited to 10% of the grape varieties .Monbazillac must be matured for several months. The marketability date is May 15 of the year following the year of harvest. For wines from selection of noble grains, the date is brought to June 1st following the second year following the harvest. Wine of aperitif, it goes well with appetizers with cheese or foie gras. For dessert, it is more to its advantage with creams and cooked fruits than with chocolate. We love as apéritif or with sweets,sublime !

The official Château Monbazillac

There you go folks, a sublime wine on a beautiful old area of my belle France! This is deep Dordogne and Monbazillac is one of its courts!  Hope you enjoy the post and do taste the wonderful Monbazillac! I will keep drinking it in honor of my dear late wife Martine! En vino veritas!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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