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Celebrate the new vintage release of Chaleur Blanc with a side-by-side tasting of 2018 and 2022 vintages.
About Chaleur Blanc, our Bordeaux-style White Blend.
Crafting a white Bordeaux-style blend was unheard of in Washington when the winery first created Chaleur Blanc. A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon, this wine is fermented sur lie in French oak barrels, imparting a memorable “crème brulee” finish. Served at the White House over three administrations and rivaling its French counterparts in quality and exceptional value, Chaleur Blanc has become one of the winery’s most influential blends.
2018 Chaleur Blanc
This 2018 Chaleur Blanc shows magnificent balance throughout, with aromas of baked pie crust, grapefruit and citrus oil. On the palate, this symmetry continues, with the fruit contributing grapefruit, golden hay, thyme and tarragon, with cooperage supplying well integrated eucalyptus, forest floor and mocha. Six months of elevage on the lees with weekly battonage contributes a welcome roundness that harmonizes with the brilliant acidity of this wine, all carried on a long, dry finish.
2022 Chaleur Blanc
The 2022 Chaleur Blanc is bright, energetic and, on its release date, possesses wonderful tension. More prominent than recent vintages, classic Sauvignon Blanc notes of gooseberry lead on the nose, followed by whiffs of green apple, apricot and white flowers. The palate has flavors of lemon brioche and peach-infused mascarpone, buttressed with flinty, mineral qualities. The finish is round and defined by its length and enticing freshness. Enjoy now or cellar for 10+ years to experience the complexity and evolution of this beauty.