Morlet Family Vineyards La Proportion Doree 2016
WA98: The 2016 La Proportion Doree is a blend of 67% Sémillon, 32% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Muscadelle from 30+-year-old dry-farmed vines barrel fermented with bâtonnage. It comes strutting out of the glass like a total rock star, singing notes of ripe grapefruit, lemon meringue pie and white peaches with hints of beeswax, lime blossoms, candied ginger and nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, the palate lends a seductively satiny texture with layer upon layer of citrus and stone fruit notions and a racy backbone to support, finishing on a long-lingering chalky note. 650 cases produced.
JD97: Reminding me of a great vintage of La Mission Haut Brion, the 2016 La Proportion Dorée (65% Sémillon, 33% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle) boasts phenomenal notes of citrus, tangerines, flower oil, and candied lemons. It’s deep, rich, and concentrated, yet has vibrant acidity as well as purity. It’s unquestionably one of the best white Bordeaux blends coming out of California.