2017 Clos Floridène, Graves Blanc

SKU #1411644 93 points Decanter

 Jean-Jacques has done a great job in a vintage that you just know his father Denis Dubourdieu would have loved to make. 2017 has produced some of the best Graves whites for years (where they escaped the frost), and this has those singing touches of minerality that this terroir does so well. It's fairly subtle on the varietal side, with clear citrus and lemongrass notes, but it stays well away from caricature. It steals up on you, finishing with a really clear, juicy, saline character and good persistency, revealing those Barsac-adjacent limestone soils. Fermented in oak, 25% new, then kept in barrels for eight months with regular lees stirring. A buy! (JA)  (3/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Dominated by Sémillon, this is a rich, creamy wine. Produced by the heirs of the late Denis Dubourdieu, who was the top Bordeaux exponent of white wines, the wine has the crisp texture as well as the ripe character that was his hallmark. Showing touches of wood, plenty of citrus and creamed apples the wine will be ready to drink from late 2019. (RV)  (4/2019)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 Enticing pear, white peach and honeysuckle notes are carried by bright acidity while wrapped in a slightly plump package. (JM, Web-2018)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Blanc sings of white and pink grapefruit with notions of yuzu, straw and crushed rocks. The palate is medium-bodied, crisp, clean and intense with fantastic freshness and length. (LPB)  (4/2018)

89-91 points Vinous

 The 2017 Clos Floridène Blanc has a lovely fresh green lemon, white flower and vanilla scented bouquet that opens nicely with aeration. The palate is well balanced with a ripe, tropical-tinged opening with just the right amount of acidity to keep everything focused and fresh. There is a subtle tang of ginger and marmalade towards the finish that feels long. This should be a great value once released. (NM)  (5/2018)

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2019 | Send Email
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The 2017 Clos Floridene is a very pretty, nuanced white. Almonds, dried flowers, mint and apricot notes are all pushed forward in this succulent, inviting wine. The creamy, expressive finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal.
Drink from 2019 to 2029

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- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.


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- Graves is the large red and white wine region located to the southeast of the city of Bordeaux along the Garonne River. Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the red wines from the area, while the whites are mixtures of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The most important area within the Graves is the village of Pessac-Leognan. Most of the great chateaux, including Haut Brion, a premier cru and the only wine outside of the Medoc to be included in the 1855 Classification, are located in this small appellation. Graves derives its name from the rocky, stony terrain of the region. Many people believe that the stony soil radiates the day's heat at night and thus makes the grapes ripen earlier than the other regions in Bordeaux.