Revisited after four years. Good colour intensity, a lively and fresh-faced 12 year old; complex and harmonious nose, deep and mineral, ripe and creamy citrus, hint of tropical fruit, herbal freshness, subtle spicy vanilla from the well-integrated oak; creamy and rounded palate, juicy, good intensity, does not lack freshness in spite of the hot vintage, noticeable bitters; only 13% ABV but slightly hot on the finish, very good length with just a hint of straw at the very end. Nice and mature by now but not as exciting as in 2011. Has settled down and will last another 5 - 10 years.
pale yellow, like many new world SB's on release;nose of crisp green apple, ginger, lime; more lime and citrus notes on the palate to begin, getting a hint of custard, brulee, later. Also tropical fruit flavors ginger, tart mango, very good acidity( sorry Winedoctor) and balance; aging very slowly, just a hint of softness and increased richness in the tropical fruits since my last tasting 12-2013. Probably wont' pop another for 5 yrs
Domaine de Chevalier Tasting (Chez Bouffard): This was strong right out of the gate - brought this down to about 55 and pulled the cork. Since I speak Left Bank Red fluently and kind of muddle may way through the rest, I'm not sure I have so much to add here. But my impression was that the Semillon was the main driver of the wine, its waxy, lanolin, apricot notes rather dominant. This was very good wine; I remember Olivier Bernard talking to Brook I think, saying that they use the pre-soaked oak with a light toast to give the whites structure rather than oak flavors. I can buy that, but there's still some oak here which I think is a function of this being a young wine.
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(Domaine de Chevalier Blanc Pessac-Léognan) This has more interest than the Carbonnieux on the nose, with more obvious minerally fruit. But the palate is soft, unfocused and flabby. There is some grip to it, but the acidity, and the verve, is lacking. Another to avoid.
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