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.
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— Antonio Galloni, Vinous
“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%)
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.
Sagemoor Vineyards is home to a 1982 planting of Sauvignon Blanc that is a mainstay of Chaleur Blanc.
Whole cluster pressed, fermented in 90% French oak (60% new) and 10% stainless steel with partial native yeast, and aged 7 months on lees.