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2016 Clos Floridene Graves Blanc

2016 Clos Floridene Graves Blanc

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16.5 Points Jancis Robinson
2016 Clos Floridene Graves Blanc
16.5 Points Jancis Robinson

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En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2019. A great price for such pedigree white Bordeaux – and from a superb year! Clos Floridene was begun in 1982 by the now legendary consultant Denis Dubourdieu and his wife Florence. But many of the vines are much older than this, now dominated by Semillon. This gives focus and breadth when young while also allowing it to gain roundness and complexity for decades in cellar. Fleshy, refreshing and very finely made, this is a modern yet classical Graves Blanc that's much better than its price – and truly a must-have for any lover of white Bordeaux. To remove foreign exchange risk for our customers, listed prices are all up final landed cost including GST. Payment is due on invoice/order placement, with delivery in mid 2019

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$39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle

Overview

Grape

Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and tiny amount of Muscadelle

Its Origins

An estate which has come under the wing of Denis Dubourdieu, one of the greatest exponents of White Bordeaux, and employed as a consultant by a growing number of properties. Clos Floridène is a 31 hectares estate mostly located on the calcareous plateau of Pujols sur Ciron, near Barsac, in the Graves appellation. A few plots are also located on the pebbly terraces of Illats. Since 1982 Denis and Florence Dubourdieu have supervised the replanting of the vineyard. Its name evokes the first names of its founders: Denis and Florence Dubourdieu. At the beginning in 1982, Clos Floridène is a small enclosed parcel planted with 2 ha of old white vines composed of Sémillon and Muscadelle, a wine-grower dwelling, an old cellar and 2 ha of fallow land which was planted, upon the acquisition of the vineyard, with Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard acquired its present-day size through the successive purchase of neighboring parcels. In 1991, Clos Floridène was significantly enlarged through the adding of Château Montalivet, a 13 ha vineyard, contiguous for the most part with Floridène (refer to the technical documentation of Château Montalivet, Clos Floridène’s second wine). Dry white Graves has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years as fermentation in new oak barrels has yielded wines of crisp definition and glorious aromas, and the domaine's white wine is a classic example.

What The Critics Say

16.5/20 Jancis Robinson MW

"Racy and lively with some richness underneath. Very broad and flattering."

90-92/100 Vinous, Antonio Galloni (2015 vintage)

"The 2015 Clos Floridene is a very pretty, nuanced white. Almonds, dried flowers, mint and apricot notes are all pushed forward in this succulent, inviting wine from Denis and Florence Dubourdieu. The creamy, expressive finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal. I very much admire the interplay of richness and tension."

90-92/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Neal Martin (2015 vintage)

"The 2015 Clos Floridene Blanc from Denis and Florience Dubourdieu has a subtle but complex bouquet with scents of white peach, citrus fruit and a touch of patisserie. The palate is very well balanced and quite phenolic in the mouth, some lovely extract here imparting a slightly waxy texture. The acidity is keen and there is impressive tension and energy on the finish. It will drink young as usual, however, such is its complexity that I am more intrigued to discover how it will age. Do as you will." Drink 2018 - 2030 (2015 vintage)

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Semillon

  • Colour

    White

  • Region

    Bordeaux

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Maturity

    2019 - 2031

This Wine Goes Well With

with SEAFOOD
with SHELLFISH
with STRONG CHEESE

Taste

3

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If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.

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