Bordeaux Confidential SF (SF): I got some distorted impressions at first (moderate instead of elevated alcohol, diminished instead of elevated acidity, no oak influence) but when I let it warm up a bit, I was able to perceive it more clearly.
Clear, bright. Medium-straw with moderate concentration. Shows some viscosity/tears/legs. The nose is moderate intensity, and has a creamy and bitter character. There’s faint grassy pyrazines (perhaps only because I’m looking for it). Some thiols (bitter grapefruit), some passionfruit. Wood influence in the form of light vanilla (20 months in 1/3 new French oak, with very light toast on the barrels). In the mouth: Moderate alcohol - 12.5/13%? [my assessment was off because it’s cold - actually 14%!]. Seems to be a faint pillow of RS - maybe 4 g/L? [nope! Bone dry at 0.01 g/L] Acidity is elevated. No phenolic bitterness. I pick up a little oak influence on the palate - in the form of creaminess. The oak is not overt. Maybe leesiness? Ripe pineapple. 20 months in 1/3 new oak. 0.01 g/L RS Alcohol is 14% Winemaker says to put it away for 10 years.
More acid driven than a chardonnay, less weight than a chardonnay. But had the alcohol. The nose is complex and integrated. Nothing too overt or obvious - but it was all there. A bit of vanilla - toast was very light on the barrels. Acidity is mostly clean, tartaric acid, balanced by the alcohol.
This is beautiful, complex, and refined. Definitely an “Aha!” moment for me on Bdx blanc.
Tasted at the Zachys Bordeaux Confidential tasting 5/14/15. This is an extraordinary wine and may have been the best wine at the tasting, including the reds!
Beautiful aroma. Mango, pineapple on the palate. Full bodied and with just amazing depth and elegance. This was not overpowering like the other Bordeaux whites I tried this evening. I was struck by the harmony of the components. Truly outstanding.
HDH Bordeaux Auction; 10/31/2014-11/1/2014 (Chicago, IL): A very lovely and pretty nose with a slight bit of herbaceousness coupled with a gentle touch of oak. There's also a bit of a pina colada character. The palate is quite sweet and the oak shows prominently as well. Slightly buttery texture. There's a lot of lively verve and acidity that keeps things from going overboard. Some kiwifruit and mineral on the finish. Not bad.
Expressive nose. Grass,herbs, white flowers, tart apples, stone fruit, mineral. Quite a sweet start on the palate, fresh, wonderful fruit. Very round and complex, harmonic, superbly balanced and very long. Outstanding. 95-96+
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(Domaine de Chevalier Blanc (Pessac-Léognan)) Sauvignon Blanc 85%, Semillon 15%. The usual open and expressive purity of fruit from Chevalier here, polished and elegant, suggesting finesse, and free of overt varietal characteristics. There is also a little custardy richness. The only slight hint of the lead variety is a touch of capsicum, although overall the fruit is more yellow plum with a tinge of buttercream. Fresh, lemon-tinged, elegant, with a nicely balanced acidity on the palate. There is an attractive energy coming through the middle and a flourish of fruit on the finish. It's a good wine, no mistake, it just feels a little soft and polished to be considered a truly great Chevalier Blanc for me. This is no 2006. But it is still a delightful wine.
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