2019 'Billet Doux' Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc
Traditional crisp, dry 'Bordeaux-style' (Left Bank) blend of 99% Semillon and 1% Sauvignon Blanc. Aromas of zesty lemon and lime with hints of a tropical character. Fresh, clean lemon and lime with a hint of melon on the palate with a crisp, lingering finish.
In France from 1670, Billet Doux were sent between lovers sharing their desires and affection, much like the romantic combination of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc found in this traditional French viniferous liaison. The Semillon cools the passionate Sauvignon Blanc producing a perfect love match for your palate.
The de Beaurepaire family’s estate is in the hills above Rylstone in the Central Ranges of NSW. 53 hectares of vines were planted in 1998. The vineyard is 150km inland and above 600m altitude with a North-East aspect. Soil structure is sandy-loam mixed with limestone; the temperature range is as cool as Tasmania and Central Otago through the growing season; and the climate is inland/continental (large day/night variation) creating a terroir similar to Burgundy (the ancestral home of the de Beaurepaire family for nearly 1200 years).
Destemmed bunches fermented in steel tanks, with light fining. No Malolactic Fermentation (MLF).
Aging for 3 months in steel tanks prior to bottling.
Aromas of zesty lemon and lime with hints of tropical characters. The palate has fresh and clean lemon and lime, with a hint of melon and a lingering crisp finish.
VIN ET GASTRONOMIE
Beautifully matched with fresh seafood, antipasti and fresh goat’s cheese or grilled scallops served with a dash of lime juice, fresh ginger and coriander. For vegetarians, will work wonders with buffalo mozzarella, vine ripened tomatoes, basil and olive oil.
Cellaring Potential: 5 to 10 years (2022 to 2027)
Serving Temperature: 10 degrees C / 50 degrees F