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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, our homage to the complex blended wines of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. The great white Cigare is not unlike the great white whale; rarely seen, difficult to catch, yet its name is legend. It's a rich, savory wine with greater power and extraction than one typically finds at Bonny Doon.

Pale, slightly lime-green color with great freshness in the honeyed nose"”lilac, almond blossom and suggestions of lemon curd. Perhaps even a touch of fennel and spearmint, juxtaposed against a quince/Asian pear background. (These descriptors seem to be the calling cards of the Grenache Blanc/Roussanne admixture, at least from the Beeswax Vineyard.) The '15 seems texturally a bit richer than the '14"”chalk this up perhaps to the malolactic fermentation; withal, there is an extraordinary length and depth to this wine. This vintage of Cigare Blanc, as with preceding vintages, will continue to improve over the next five years, perhaps much longer.

Specifications
Appellation
Central Coast
Varietal(s)
55% Grenache Blanc, 36% Roussanne, 9% Picpoul
Vinification
Aged in Neutral French oak barrels for 10 months.

Reviews and News

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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