I have a love/hate relationship with Sauvignon Blanc. Just as with every grape, terrior and winemaking styles can create quite varied expressions within the same varietal. I absolutely fall in love when it expresses vibrant and tropical fruits, or when it’s airy and herbaceous with a pronounced minerality. And though I’m aware it’s my personal preference and there are many that will disagree, I really dislike it when it is assertive with a sharp, acidic aspect. [Incidentally I don’t mind the “cat-pee” characteristic at all.] I was enthusiastic to give Lune d’Argent Clos des Lunes Bordeaux Blanc 2011 a pour since it is mostly Sémillion and I thought it would have a soft, yet still refreshing demeanor. Clos des Lunes is an ancient 33 hectare vineyard located in Sauternes that was purchased by the Bernard family of Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Leognan fame, in August 2011. Olivier Bernard and the Domaine de Chevalier team chose Clos des Lunes for its terroir, a combination of deep gravel soil on the Sauternes side and gravel on top of clay-limestone soil on the Bommes side. Trusting in the terrior, their goal is to produce powerful, fresh, dry white wines. Three wines are produced; Lune d’Or, their Premium Cuvée, their meant to be enjoyed young Lune Blanc, and Lune d’Argent rather in between the two and considered a “grande cuvee”.
Golden yellow in colour with aromas of dusty hay and wild flowers, flavours of lemon, pear and grass wrapped around a bright acidity, whilst nuances of honeysuckle and roasted green pepper comprised the dry finish. Simple and elegant, this is a well balanced glass great with light summer dishes.
70% Sémillon, 30% Sauvignon
Mis en Bouteille a La Propriéte [Estate Bottled]
Enjoy now thru 2016