Bonny Doon Cigare Blanc
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Varietal55% Roussanne, 26% Grenache Blanc, 19% Picpoul
Pronunciationluh see-gar blanc
AgingOptimal Drinkability: Drinkable upon release (April 2015), 4-7 years ageability
Serving Temperature50-55° F
Label ArtistChuck House
Planet Grape92 Le Cigare Blanc is the white analog of Le Cigare Volant, our homage to the complex blended wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The great white Cigare is not unlike the great white whale; rarely seen, difficult to catch, yet its name is legend. Its a rich, savory wine with greater power and extraction than one typically finds at Bonny Doon
With a color as pale as drying grass in mid-summer, the 13 Cigare Blanc immediately takes me to the heady fragrance of the Beeswax Vyd. itself pears and other pome fruit, citronella, muskmelon, fennel, along with a white flower that I cant quite place. But, the very odd thing is that all of the grapes grown at this vineyard have the fragrance of beeswax itself. On the palate, the wine is rich and elegant at the same time great persistence on the palate but with a refreshing acidity and a slightly chalky mineral aspect.
92 POINTS, PLANET GRAPE: This full-bodied White Rhone blend is rich, dry, nutty and floral - excellent to showcase delicate, nuanced dishes.\"
Gold Choice - Top 80 Wines to drink in 2017 - Around the World in 80 Harvests - \"This blend of Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul is another triumph from Randall Grahms tribe of unusual wine varieties in California. A rich and waxy wine with a voluptuous and nutty character that is held together by a refreshing acidity and lighter floral and fruit notes. Try to get hold of the special edition Le Cigare Blanc Reserve, which has been aged in glass demijohns for a unique, delicious experience.\"
Since 2003, weve produced this blend of grenache blanc, roussanne and picpoul, derived from a single vineyard source, the Beeswax Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County. Farmed organically, surrounded by wilderness, and shielded from the cool Pacific Coast winds by the Santa Lucia Mountains, Beeswax Vineyard grows complex, concentrated and mineral intensive grapes from deeply rooted vines.
An intensely flavored wine at a relatively modest degree of alcohol; the 13 Cigare Blanc underwent a complete malolactic fermentation.
Food Pairing Notes
This is a wine that you definitely want to serve with a rich beurre blanc, though a lobster risotto would also serve quite nicely.