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2011 Le Cigare Blanc
Wine Specs
62% grenache blanc, 38% roussanne
Arroyo Seco
Vineyard Designation
luh see-gar blanc
6.3 g/L
Drinkable upon release (March 2013), 2-5 years ageability
Serving Temperature
45-55º F
Bottling Date
Label Artist
Chuck House
Alcohol %

2011 Le Cigare Blanc

White Wine of the Earth

90 POINTS, Antonio Galloni, Vinous

Farmed biodynamically, a wondrous blend of grenache and roussanne from a single vineyard source, the Beeswax Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County.

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Le Cigare Blanc is the white analogue of Le Cigare Volant, our homage to the complex blended wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The great white Cigare is not unlike the great white whale; rarely seen, difficult to catch, yet its name is legend. It’s a rich, savory wine with greater power and extraction than one typically finds at Bonny Doon.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Pale gold with green-gold highlights, the grenache blanc dominant blend has a somewhat different aromatic profile from the 2010 vintage. A very strong impression of melon, along with Asian pear, pineapple and grapefruit pith, and in the mouth, very rich, sporting a certain modicum of tannin; this bodes exceptionally well for great longevity. The wine’s unique flavors will pair exceptionally well with hard cheeses, seafood (lobster especially), roasted poultry, and savory vegetarian strudels or gratins. Paired with sushi served with freshly grated wasabi will also be a profound revelation.
90 POINTS, INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR: “Light yellow. Ginger, lemon rind, fresh orchard fruits and herbs on the pungent, incisive nose. Juicy and refreshingly bitter on the palate, offering tangy green apple and Meyer lemon flavors, along with elements of anise and dusty minerals. Fleshy but emphatically dry, with a firm, focused finish that attenuates the anise note." - Josh Raynolds, Nov 2013
Vineyard Notes
Since 2003, we’ve produced this wondrous blend of grenache and roussanne from a single vineyard source, the Beeswax Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County. Farmed biodynamically, surrounded by wilderness, and shielded from the cool Pacific Coast winds by the Santa Lucia Mountains, Beeswax Vineyard grows complex, concentrated and mineral intensive grapes from deeply rooted vines.
Production Notes
1,650 cases
Winemaker Notes
The ’11 vintage was a particularly cool growing season, allowing us to produce an intensely flavored wine at a relatively modest degree of alcohol; the ’11 Cigare Blanc underwent a complete malolactic fermentation.
Food Pairing Notes
Lobster and fennel risotto
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