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Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc
Bonny Doon
United States - California - Central Coast

Le Cigare Blanc is the white analog of Le Cigare Volant, Bonny Doon's flagship wine, named in honor of the cigarshaped alien craft banned by decree of the village council of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. A blend of 54% Grenache Blanc and 46% Vermentino, this wine is a study in pome fruit and citrus —Asian pear, green apple, with more than mere suggestions of lime blossom and citrus rind.

“CUVÉE OUMUAMUA?”
They call this cuvée, “Oumuamua,” (or “scout” in Hawaiian), so named in light of the recent mysterious cigar-shaped object/visitor to our solar system, initially imagined to be some sort of asteroid, but believed by none other than the chairman of the Astronomy Dept. at Harvard University to possibly be a solar-powered light-sail, sent on a reconnaissance mission to, well, check us out. But, withal, it appears that it may have arrived in the very nick of time, to bring a sort of much needed revitalization to our planet, and by metaphoric extension, to the Cigare brand itself.

Pale, slightly lime-green color with great freshness and a rather bracing acidity and a strong element of “minerality.” Despite its Central Coastal California provenance, the wine really does strongly signify some Mediterranean antecedents - a suggestion of herbal underbrush, sunny, coastal, salt-kissed citrus. The crisp acidity of the wine along with the lemon/lime element, makes it the perfect refreshing accompaniment to any dish that itself would benefit from a slight spritz of citrus. Le Cigare Blanc remains a great vin de gastronomie, pairing well with lighter seafood, as well as serving as an exemplary apéritif.

Specifications
Appellation
Central Coast
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
54% Grenache Blanc, 46% Vermentino (2018)
Vinification
Aged in Neutral French oak barrels for 10 months.
Production
267 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

The perfect refreshing accompaniment to any dish that itself would benefit from a slight spritz of citrus. Le Cigare Blanc remains a great vin de gastronomie, pairing well with lighter seafood, as well as serving as an exemplary apéritif.
Prawns à la plancha, oysters, crab cakes, stuffed piquillo peppers, day boat scallops persillade, brandade de morue, sole meunière.

Reviews and News

2019 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc Cuvée Oumuamua- 90 PTS - WE

2019 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc Cuvée Oumuamua- 90 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 90 pts""

- Wine Enthusiast (2020), 90 pts

2018 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc Cuvée Oumuamua- 91 PTS - WE

2018 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc Cuvée Oumuamua- 91 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 91 pts"Bright and clean aromas of honeydew and cantaloupe mesh with fresh gardenia, peach and mango on the nose of this blend of 54% Grenache Blanc and 46% Vermentino from three vineyards in Arroyo Seco and the Edna Valley. It tightens up on the sip, where Meyer lemon pith and lime skin lead into more lush guava tones. MATT KETTMANN"

- Wine Enthusiast (December 2019), 91 pts

2015 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Brilliant straw. A vibrant mineral-driven bouquet evokes ripe citrus fruits white flowers and ginger along with hints of anise and succulent herbs. Dry and tightly focused on the palate where Meyer lemon and pear nectar flavors show very good clarity and a building mineral note. Closes energetic and impressively long leaving a note of bitter pear skin behind. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 2018), 92 pts

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2014 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc - 92 PTS - VINOUS

2014 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc - 92 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"Limpid yellow. Mineral-accented orange pith and jasmine scents along with honey and anise flourishes. Energetic citrus and orchard fruit flavors stain the palate and spread out slowly with air. A suave floral nuance builds as the wine opens up and carries through a long focused finish that features repeating orange and mineral notes. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (October 2018), 92 pts

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2014 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc - 88 PTS - WS

2014 Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc - 88 PTS - WS

wine spectator 88 pts"The elegant pear and citrus flavors show a side of vanilla custard and toast, with a whiff of honeycomb and white flowers. A waxy texture adds some grip on the finish. Grenache Blanc and Roussanne. Drink now. 1,307 cases made.–MW"
- Wine Spectator (2017), 88 pts

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Producer Information: Bonny Doon

Bonny Doon Vineyard was founded in 1983 by renowned winemaker Randall Grahm. Randall’s start in the wine industry was not what you might expect for someone with his reputation and talent: ...
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