Old Sémillon vines on gravelly soil, extremely small yield and multiple selective picks led to a rare and concentrated fruit.

In the naturally cool caves, the Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc ferment slowly in small French oak barrels and age with weekly batonnage.
Propietary Name Billet Doux
Name Meaning Love Note
Varietal composition Sémillon (90%) &
Sauvignon Blanc (9%)
Muscadelle (1%)
Type of wine Late harvest white wine
Appellation Alexander Valley
Vineyard singularity Old vines (25 to 60 years)
Loamy and gravelly soils
One cluster per shoot
Typical harvest date multiple picks, October-November
Picking Manual, small lugs, refer truck
Sorting Cluster by cluster
Fermentation In barrels, through native yeast
Upbringing 16 months
French oak from artisan coopers
Bottling Filtered to prevent MLF
Cellaring time Decades
Serving Chilled and decanted

Winemaker notes:

Growing in the gravelly soil of an ancient river bed in the beautiful Alexander Valley of Sonoma County, the old Sémillon vines benefit from hot afternoons and cool foggy mornings. This handcrafted wine is also the result of meticulous farming practices. An extremely small yield and multiple selective picks led to this rare and concentrated fruit. Just as one receives a note from one’s sweetheart, we receive this fruit as a precious ‘Billet Doux’ or ‘Love Note.’

Deep crystal clear gold. Intense and complex bouquet of dry apricot, peche de vigne and Reine Claude yellow plum intermixed with notes of quince, honey, Muscat and a hint of sweet vanilla. Full bodied, the palate is reminiscent of the nose, with a creamy sweet texture and a great intensity. The large amount of sugar and glycerin creates a highlighted viscosity. Along with the wine’s great concentration, richness and opulence, the classical aromatic complexity reveals a flamboyant yet harmonious ensemble, leading to a very long, complex and smooth finish.