2019 Clos Floridene Graves Blanc
En Primeur product: order now for arrival mid 2022. A great price for such pedigree white Bordeaux, and from another great year. Clos Floridene was begun in 1982 by the 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 classic that's much better than its price. 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 2022.
45% Sauvignon Blanc and 55% Sémillon
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
93/100 Decanter, Jane Anson
"This is delicious, a serious step up from the Reynon within the same stable, and speaks to the influence that terroir has on a wine - this is slate and crushed granite showing grip through the palate, and the citrus has plenty of zest to give it focus and lift. Juicy finish also, excellent wine from Jean-Jacques Dubourdieu. 25% new oak." Drink 2020 - 2030
90-92/100 Vinous, Neal Martin
"The 2019 Clos Floridene Blanc offers intense scents of apple blossom, freshly sliced pear and yellow flowers. Wonderful. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, slightly tangy in the mouth and impressive depth and vigour on the finish. Excellent." Drink 2021 - 2029
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