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Varietal

67% Sauvignon Blanc
33% Semillon

Appellation

Columbia Valley AVA

Aging

Drink Now or Age 3 to 10 Years

Vineyard

Boushey
Sagemoor
Klipsun
Phinny Hill
Conner Lee

2021 Chaleur Blanc

#59 on Owen Bargreen’s
Top 100 of 2022

The 2021 Chaleur Blanc showcases Sauvignon Blanc in its youth, presenting a beautiful pale yellow color with hints of green and aromas of golden hay, grapefruit, and a whisper of tropical fruit. Six months of aging in French oak contributes alluring aromas of forest floor, chocolate mint and savory baked brioche. Fresh white peach fruit flavors combine with thyme on the palate, with a wonderful round presence from the cooperage. Although moderate for acidity versus recent vintages, there is plenty of energy to this wine, promising enjoyment for at least a decade.

$42

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95 Points

— Jeb Dunnuck

95 Points

A blend of 67% Sauvignon and 33% Semillon, the 2021 Chaleur Blanc will give a top Bordeaux Blanc a run for its money. Bright lemon curd, honeyed minerality, acacia flowers, and hints of brioche all define the aromatics, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with a pure, layered, seamless mouthfeel, integrated acidity, and a great finish. It’s beautifully done and will evolve for at least a decade (although I like it today). -Jeb Dunnuck

June 2023

Additional Scores:

94

Owen Bargreen

#59 Top 100 of 2022

94

Wine Enthusiast

Editor’s Choice

95

Jeb Dunnuck

Pairing Suggestion

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

Behind the Wine

2021 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.