2020 D2 New Release 🍷Drink D2 Day Offer – $39 SHOP

checkout View Cart ()

Varietal

63% Sauvignon Blanc
37% Sémillon

Appellation

Columbia Valley AVA

Aging

Drink Now or Age 3 to 10 Years

Vineyard

67% Sagemoor
23% Klipsun

1997 Chaleur Estate Blanc

1997 Chaleur Estate Blanc shows bright and focused with a combination of tropical fruit, figs and spice cake nuances. Other layers include toasty oak, cream and orange peel notes. There is a fine balance and finish on this wine.

$78

Sold Out

Applicable member discounts will be added at checkout.

90 Points

— Antonio Galloni, Vinous

90 Points

“Bright yellow-gold color. Exotic aromas of mango, yellow stone fruits and lanolin, plus butterscotch and resiny balsamic notes. A bit perfumey int he mouth, with an estery lactone quality lifting its mandarin orange flavor. At once exotic and high-toned, this wine conveys some oxidative notes but boasts surprisingly firm acidity. Not a particularly giving wine but intriguing and firm. Finishes with a slightly dry oaky edge (13.4%)

Additional Scores:

Pairing Suggestion

Seared Sea Scallops — We recommend pairing Chaleur Blanc with lighter fare, including shellfish, chicken, or arugula-based salads.

Behind the Wine

1997 Chaleur Estate Blanc

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.

Vineyards

Sagemoor Vineyards is home to a 1982 planting of Sauvignon Blanc that is a mainstay of Chaleur Blanc.

Winemaking

Whole cluster pressed, fermented in 90% French oak (60% new) and 10% stainless steel with partial native yeast, and aged 7 months on lees.