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It is the action of Botrytis cinerea, that microscopic fungus, which transforms the grapes during warm autumn days so that they give up their wonderful sugars to these famous sweet wines. Renowned in the 17th Century, Monbazillac wine benefitted from the exodus of Protestants to Holland following the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. The exiles became zealous promoters of these great sweet white wines, hugely appreciated by their hosts. Four centuries later, Monbazillac still enjoys this reputation, thanks to the talent of its impassioned and determined winemakers, as well as the introduction of science which has enhanced the quality of the vineyard’s grands crus.
Château de Monbazillac
Known otherwise as the Dordogne, Perigord and Gascony are the heart and soul of la belle France, a land of dense oak forests, winding rivers, emerald-green fields and famously rich country cooking. It’s the stuff of which French dreams are made: turreted châteaux and medieval villages line the riverbanks, wooden-hulled gabarres (traditional flat-bottomed, wooden boats) ply the waterways, and market stalls overflow with foie gras, truffles, walnuts, cheeses and fine wines.
The Dordogne département has a bevy of bastides (fortified towns) and fantastic medieval castles, as well as Europe’s most spectacular cave paintings, and probably the best cuisine. To the northeast, the Limousin région – encompassing the Haute-Vienne, Creuse and Corrèze départements – is the most rural, strewn with farms and hamlets, as well as the porcelain centre, Limoges. To the south, the Lot département is ribboned with rivers to cruise and caverns to explore, plus dramatic hilltop villages, and medieval settlements.
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