2021 Clos Floridène Graves Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon), Bordeaux, France

2021 Clos Floridène Graves Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon), Bordeaux, France

$29.95

Description

Clos Floridène Blanc has all the complexity of Sauvignon Blanc produced on great calcareous soils: green-gold color, refined salty-minerality, and intense aromas of white peach, lemon-lime, and grapefruit rind. Powerful and fresh flavors of fruit at its best, with the density and structure of a great white wine. Aging potential of at least 10 years.

Clos Floridène today covers an area of 40 hectares in the Graves appellation; mostly it lies on the limestone plateau of Pujols sur Ciron, near Barsac. A few portions are on the pebbly terraces of Illats.

The name stems from the combination of the founders’ names – Denis and Florence Dubourdieu.

In the early days, Clos Floridène, (1982) was a small two-hectare plot of land planted with old vines of semillon and muscadelle.  The wines of Clos Floridène were first made in the cellar at Chateau Reynon.

Through the gradual purchase of adjacent parcels the current vineyard was established. In 1991 Clos Floridène was substantially enlarged through the incorporation of Chateau Montalivet, a bordering thirteen-hectare vineyard.

A classic Graves blend of almost 50% each Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with just a tweak of Muscadelle, fermented in barrel and aged 9 months.

“A lively offering, with mâche and white peach notes darting through. Super clean and refreshing in feel. Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. Drink now. 3,500 cases made, 830 cases imported.” – 90 points, Wine Spectator