What to Drink with Foie Gras: Monbazillac Dessert Wine

Monbazillac is really the great foie gras wine. Neighboring Sauternes (you know it, Château d’Yquem from Bordeaux) is usually regarded as holding this position, but Monbazillac is indeed from the same region as the French home of foie gras, the Dordogne. This region is well-known by foie gras lovers — producing 90% of all foie consumed in France — as well as wine lovers, as it’s Bordeaux’s thoroughly respectable wine-neighbor. This means high-quality wines from down-to-earth wine makers in a range of easy-to-palate prices.

Monbazillac Castle

Monbazillac is the gem of Bergerac (yes, the town from which the famous writer and lover Cyrano came) and is made from mostly the same grapes (Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle) plus noble rot as Sauternes. The major difference is that Muscadelle does particularly well in this region, making these wines somewhat lighter and full of life, as well as nuttier.

Monbazillac dessert wine

This wine goes well with rich French cheeses, fresh fruit tarts, nutty desserts, and also works as an aperitif in the garden before dinner. And, of course, with foie gras. There couldn’t have been a better wine than Château Montdoyen Monbazillac on my Day of Foie (5 kinds of foie gras in one day!) in this most delicious French region; it shone sweetly, like the French spring sun, rounding out a perfect day of wine and foie.


  1. Mark says

    I discovered this when I had my first real French Roquefort
    in La Garde, near Toulon. I was touring with Holiday on Ice,
    as an American boy. I loved the Monbazillac. I have only
    found it once in the States, around where I now live. I miss
    it; it truly was a magical wine memory for me: not expensive,
    and so delicious, unctuous. It always reminded me of apples a
    bit. A lovely sweet wine.

  2. Anne-Charlotte says

    Edmond Rostand is the author of the play Cyrano de Bergerac, not Shakespeare!

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