Ortus Monbazillac 2015, a golden wine “from the garden of the gods”, and one of Bélingard’s finest.
ORTUS MONBAZILLAC 2015
Though ‘liquoreux’ wines are typically thought of as dessert wines (and granted, they do exceptionally well at the end of a meal), I learned to drink them as an apéritif in southwest France. Slightly chilled, not too cold as that is absolute murder to their finesse and elegant aromas. To me, no proper dinner would be complete without allowing these exquisite nectars to tingle my taste buds, preparing them for the delights ahead. And topping my list of stellar choices is the 2015 Ortus Monbazillac from Château Bélingard. A wine so swoon-worthy that it has rightfully been awarded a silver medal this year by Decanter magazine.
The experience begins as soon as you open the bottle and the rich yellow wine flows into your glass smooth as velvet. You breathe in the aromas of candied fruits and honey, taste its concentrated flavors that seem to have no end, close your eyes, and there’s no turning back — you’ve fallen in love. As much as I prefer this wine at the start of a meal, it is also a thing of beauty with pan-seared foie gras, summer tarts or strong cheeses such as Roquefort and Maroilles.
Blend: 70% Sémillon, 20% Sauvignon Gris, 10% Muscadelle
Price: € 16