K&L Bordeaux Tasting (K&L): Pale straw, with pronounced tearing. Fresh and ripe aromas tending towards lemon, pineapple, grapefruit and lime without being overripe. Subdued and melded creaminess, only hinting at the oak treatment (20 months in 1/3 new French oak, very light toast). Well-contained 14% alcohol with elevated acidity that balances ripeness with youthful verve. Persistent finish. Score: ~9
-------------- Full Sensory:
In the glass: clear and day-bright, moderately concentrated pale straw core with no noticeable rim variation and elevated tearing. No gas or sediment.
On the nose: Lemon, pineapple, grapefruit (thiols), all ripe, primary, and fresh. Some depth. Some creaminess to it, either vanilla from oak, or leesiness. Faint lime - I wouldn’t say overt pyrazines, but it does present as green lime.
In the mouth: Ripe and clean. Slightly honeyed in the finish (Semillon?) A touch elevated alcohol (14%). The oak is really well integrated - I’m not picking up much, though I know there’s oak aging. Youthful verve and persistence with elevated acidity. Really nice.
K&L Bordeaux Tasting (K&L Hollywood): Very nice. Intense on the nose with mint/honeysuckle and showing some stony notes. Lots of fruit too. Intense on the palate with serious body, but well-balanced acidity. Soft, very clean finish with some grapefruit-pithlike bitterness.
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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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