Producer Guide: Chateau Menota (Bordeaux, France)
Chateau Menota is a small property used by the Labat family to produce fairly inexpensive sweet wines in the Graves, Sauternes and Barsac area. It's currently distributed by the Sichel family, longtime merchants based in Bordeaux. I've so far only tasted a 2010 Graves Superior, which although reasonable, is probably good best consumed in the region for a few euros, rather than with the added expense of the international supply chain.
Graves Supérieures AOC 'Cuvee du Portail' 2010 by Chateau Menota A 50-50 blend of botrytized Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, grown in an exceptional terroir, Clos du Portail has the consistent quality and intrinsic character of wines from this corner of the world. Pleasant aromas of marmalade and orange rind on the nose, the palate is simple, fruity, sweet and finishes with modest finish of pineapple and white flowers. (April 2017)