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Varietal

69% Sauvignon Blanc
31% Semillon

Appellation

Columbia Valley AVA

Aging

Drink Now or Age 3 to 10 Years

Vineyard

Boushey
Sagemoor
Klipsun
Phinny Hill
Conner Lee

2023 Chaleur Blanc

The 2023 Chaleur Blanc wears the concentration of the vintage well, with prominent aromas of ripe apricot, honeydew melon, lemongrass, and green apple leaping from the glass. This compelling wine is layered with stone fruit flavors, delicate herbaceous notes, and rich oak spice, creating a complex and sensational effort that is remarkably approachable.  The acid is firm and well-integrated with the rich, creamy flavors of lemon brioche, honeysuckle, and pie dough. The 2023 vintage demonstrates Chaleur Blanc at its best and will surely cellar beautifully for the next 15+ years.

$40

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94 Points – Previous Vintage

— Owen Bargreen

94 Points – Previous Vintage

“This edition of the ‘Chaleur Blanc’ combines 69% Sauvignon Blanc with the remainder Semillon. Showing a deep color, this offers roasted hazelnuts on the nose with bright pear and starfruit tones. The palate is marvelously textured with showing good viscosity and weight without coming off as heavy. Very youthful and finesse-driven, this is beautiful wine to cellar over the next ten years. Drink 2023-2033” – Owen Bargreen

March 2023

Additional Scores:

93

James Suckling

2022 Vintage

92

Wine Spectator

2022 Vintage

92

Vinous

2022 Vintage

Pairing Suggestion

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

Behind the Wine

2023 Chaleur 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.

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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.