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When Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon Ages...

Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 2004

Random find really - discovered a hidden bottle in the cellar while I was digging around: a 2004 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc that's still very vibrant, flinty and racy. Lots of ripe white peaches, fresh pears, limes and fennel notes were present. Pronounced toasted coconut flavours on the palate too, perhaps a little disturbing for those who are not too used to the oak treatment in the Sauvignon variety. Medium-plus acidity and finish.

Excellent accompaniment to some poached Sakura chicken, Granny Smith apples, smoky piquillo peppers and mesclun salad in a honey-mustard dressing. When it's good and not oxidised, this is really beautiful for an aged, oaked Sauvignon-Blanc-Sémillon blend. Not sure if I will buy it at their current prices but for those who think Bordeaux whites can't age gracefully, think again. This probably will hold for another decade or so.

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