Drinkable upon release (August 2018), 4-7 years ageability
2015 Le Cigare Blanc (375ml) - Half Bottle
White Wine of the Earth
Pale, slightly lime-green color with great freshness in the honeyed nose—lilac, almond blossom and suggestions of lemon curd. Perhaps even a touch of fennel and spearmint, juxtaposed against a quince/Asian pear background. (These descriptors seem to be the calling cards of the Grenache Blanc/Roussanne admixture, at least from the Beeswax Vineyard.) The ’15 seems texturally a bit richer than the ’14—chalk this up perhaps to the malolactic fermentation; withal, there is an extraordinary length and depth to this wine. This vintage of Cigare Blanc, as with preceding vintages, will continue to improve over the next five years, perhaps much longer.
VinePair - "Le Cigare Blanc is a blend of 55 percent Grenache Blanc, 36 percent Roussanne, and 9 percent Picpoul, with the grapes sourced from the Beeswax Vineyard in Arroyo Seco on the Central Coast. The result is a $28 wine of depth and balance — opulent but fresh, driven by its ripe fruit tastes but also its herbal background notes. The aromas and tastes bring to mind pear and honeydew melon, accents of rosemary and mint, and subtle orange and lime zest on the finish. The rich, creamy texture would pair well with grilled or pan-roasted scallops or a veal stew such as blanquette de veau. Although the 2015 has some age on it, the wine is young. With time, the component parts that are intriguing now and begin to come together in the glass should meld into a seamless wine of elegance. This is a wine to appreciate for what it is and what it will become, made by an original who continues to challenge himself — and us."
Since 2003, we’ve produced this blend of grenache blanc and roussanne derived from a single vineyard source, the Beeswax Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County. Farmed organically, 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.
An intensely flavored wine at a relatively modest degree of alcohol; the ’15 Cigare Blanc underwent a complete malolactic fermentation.
Food Pairing Notes
Rich and luscious, there is plenty of glycerol and non-trivial extract present; Le Cigare Blanc remains a great vin de gastronomie, pairing well with rich, buttery dishes.
Ingredients: Grapes, tartaric acid, and sulfur dioxide. In the winemaking process, the following were utilized: indigenous yeast, yeast nutrients, bentonite, and French oak barrels.