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.
Domaine de Chevalier Tasting with Adrien Bernard (Crystal Wines Valley Point): This was the WOTN for me. Tasted after the reds, this came across as powerful and vibrant so I can understand why we were advised to taste this last. Nose of thick honey and flowers (like a sauternes), powerful racy acidity dancing on the palate, with a fairly long defined finish. Can't believe WD scored this only 12.5/20 because this is really quite good stuff. If only the prices were lower...
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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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