2011 Château Tirecul La Gravière "Les Pins" Monbazillac (500ml)

SKU #1139032

Robert Parker writes: "Selling these wines has never been easy because of the difficult marketplace for sweet wines and the even more troublesome marketplace for Monbazillac, which has fallen out of favor over recent decades. However, these are great wines, and Eric Solomon has convinced this top-notch estate to basically declassify these wines to a lower price point as he is trying to get them some sort of penetration in the marketplace. For example, Les Pins is what used to be their basic cuvee and is now being discounted... These are unreal values for such complex wines that can compete with the finest of Barsac and Sauternes at a fraction of the price. If you don’t believe me, insert them in a blind tasting of top vintages of Barsac and Sauternes and you’ll see for yourself." (Wine Advocate, 06/2012) 12% abv.

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Alcohol Content (%): 12