($60; 66% semillon, 32% sauvignon blanc and 2% muscadelle) Pale, bright yellow. Highly complex aromas of lemon, honey, herbs, white flowers and nuts, plus a suggestion of lanolin. Dense and lush but bright; thick yet light on its feet, with complex flavors of grapefruit peel, citrus blossom, spices and herbs. Impressively seamless wine with excellent energy. The sauvignon and semillon come mostly from 26-year-old dry-farmed vines in Dry Creek Valley, while the muscadelle is from Napa Valley vines more than 50 years of age. Morlet told me the blend is roughly "an average of the blends of Haut-Brion Blanc and Laville Haut-Brion."
One would be hard-pressed to find a better Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend than the 2006 La Proportion Doree, which is a blend of two-thirds Semillon and one-third Sauvignon with a touch of Muscadelle added in. Barrel-fermented and aged in wood, there are 580 cases of this wine, which has a gorgeous nose of honeyed figs, lemon grass, melon, and citrus oil. A full-bodied, dry, beautifully textured, superb white Bordeaux look-alike, it should drink well for 5-6 years.
La Proportion Doree is named for the aesthetically balanced "golden ratio" in Architecture. Luc blends the whole cluster pressed Semillon, (66%), Sauvignon Blanc, (32%) and Muscadelle, planted in 1953, (2%) which have all aged separately in their unique oak regimen. The wine is bottled un-fined and un-filtered.
The color is glistening golden-green in glass, with a nose of pulverized stone, pear, carbon, pineapple and oil-preserved lemon. The palate is incredibly dense with beautifully balanced acidity and purity, vanilla-laced lemon chiffon on the finish. A seriously complex wine that in some ways reminds of the Scholium Project Cena.
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Community Tasting Notes
average score of 93 points based upon 6 reviews
Aromas: Pear, tropical fruit essences, lemon oil, and rock
Palate: Densely packed mineral, salt with a soft lemon delicacy
Impression: Seriously complex; a blend of 66% Semillon, 32% Sauvignon Blanc and 2% Muscadelle