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2010 Le Cigare Volant Réserve “en bonbonne
Wine Specs
28% syrah, 22% grenache, 17% cinsault, 17% mourvèdre, 16% carignane
Central Coast
luh see-igar vole-aunt
5.5 g/L
Ideally hold for a year or two (Sept. 2015-16), 15-20+ years ageability
Serving Temperature
58º F
Label Artist
Chuck House
Alcohol %
Wine Enthusiast
Planet Grape

2010 Le Cigare Volant Réserve “en bonbonne" 3L

This is no ordinary Cigare... our ongoing experimental protocol with anaerobic élevage of Cigare in 5-gallon glass bottles.

92 POINTS, Wine Enthusiast: “Fresh-flowing blood, dried Italian herbs and cured cuts of meat greet the nose on this annual Bonny Doon treat, a blend of 28% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 17% Cinsault, 17% Mourvèdre and 16% Carignane. The flavors are dominated by purple fruits, trending toward blackberry and blueberry, with violet florals and rustic dust."

92 POINTS, Vinous
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
On the nose, tobacco, cherry wood ash, wild blackberry, bramble, cigar box, leather and garrigue. Is that a note of brandy? Raw ginger? Definitely a smooth spice layer. On the palate, silky, luxurious length. Oh yes, she seems to go on forever. Cinsault lends the Montmorency cherry, one of the flavor elements typically associated with Cigare (and also, coincidentally seems to get the final word in over the protestations of the vocal, syrah). But, don’t let that fool you – this is no fruit bomb. There are strong suggestions of iodine – meaty and bloody. This wine is all about elegance, and seems to disarmingly suggest a Burgundian take on Châteauneuf, if such a notion can be fashioned. This is not an ordinary wine. What is most noteworthy about it is its amazing silky texture, savoriness and infinite length. The 2010 Le Cigare Volant Réserve is wine to be savored and studied over a long meal with dear friends. Will benefit enormously from a gentle decanting or even just sitting in large glass for 30 minutes, especially when consumed young. This bodes well for the wine’s great ageing potential.
92 POINTS, VINOUS: “Brilliant ruby-red. Intense aromas of fresh red fruits, incense and blood orange, with a suave floral pastille nuance building in the glass. Palate-staining red fruit flavors show very good clarity and depth and a seamless texture, with a jolt of white pepper adding nerviness. The clean, focused finish shows appealing sweetness and just a hint of fine-grained tannins. Drinking window: 2019 - 2024." - Josh Raynolds, August 2015
Winemaker Notes
This special cuvée of Le Cigare Volant is identical to our normale bottling but, owing to its unorthodox élevage, appears quite different in its presentation. After a short tenure in barrel, assemblage and completion of malolactic fermentation, the wine was removed to 5-gallon glass carboys (bonbonnes), where it reposed sur lie for 20 months. This practice yields a rare degree of integration and complexity, plus a preternatural degree of savoriness.
Food Pairing Notes
Epoisses Cheese, Rack of Lamb, Venison or Reindeer Meatballs, Braised Mushrooms, Santa Maria-Style Tri Tip.
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