55% Grenache Blanc, 36% Roussanne, 9% Picpoul
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.
92 Points Vinous, 90 Points Wine Spectator
$28.00 per bottle / $302.40 per case
$23.80 per bottle / $268.80 per case (Members)
From what far-flung, telic appellation might be dispatched a White Cigar? Le Cigare Blanc is the white analog of Le Cigare Volant, our flagship, named in honor of the cigare-shaped alien craft banned by decree of the village council of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A blend of 55% Grenache Blanc and 36% Roussanne, 9% Picpoul, this wine is a study in pome fruit—Asian pear and quince, with suggestions of honeydew, lime blossom, and citrus rind. 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.
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
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
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