Part of the process for finding great “undiscovered” wines is doing your research. Also of great assistance is a little knowledge of the local area. Over the years I have spent quite a bit of time holidaying in the south-west of France. I love the area. Castles, caves with prehistoric art, watersports for the summer crowd. And then there are the truffles, foie gras, prunes, walnuts, duck - who can resist?
Whilst situated not far from Bordeaux the area produces a plethora of its own wines from noble and local varieties. What to drink with the foie gras or lavish local deserts was always a consideration. It did not take long to realize that the sweet wines of Monbazillac were perfect. They were similar to Sauternes, but without the overt oak, and far less challenging to consume when young.