2014 Clos Floridène, Graves Blanc

SKU #1230760 88-91 points Wine Spectator

 Very pure, with chiseled lime, mâche and lemon curd notes, showing a flash of white asparagus on the finish. Still tight, but the solid length bodes well. (JM, Web-2015)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Clos Floridene Blanc 2014 has a very composed nose in the making. This is keeping everything back, but there is appreciable delineation with citrus peel, white peach and apple peel aromas. The palate is crisp and fresh with good acidity, just a little rasping on the finish but there is commendable length and a sense of energy here. This will probably represent great value. (NM)  (4/2015)

88-90 points Vinous

 The 2014 Clos Floridène Blanc is laced with green apples, flowers, mint and lightly honeyed notes. This supple, beautifully textured 56% Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc is super-inviting and ideally suited for drinking over the next year or two, while the flavors remain vibrant. (AG)  (4/2015)

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By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2016 | Send Email
This classic white Bordeaux is produced by the husband and wife team of Florence and Denis Dubordieu. (The name of the domaine is an amalgam of their two first names.) Denis Dubordieu is a professor of oenology at the University of Bordeaux and the foremost expert on white wine production in the region. No surprise then that his 2014 Clos Floridene Graves Blanc offers such exceptional quality. The wine is a blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc and 45% Semillon. It is aged in barrel (25% new) for 8 months with frequent lees stirring. The result is a dry white wine that combines a refreshing crispness with a palate-pleasing richness of texture. This is the model on which the best California Sauvignon Blancs are based. Outstanding value.
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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2016 | Send Email
Subtle oak shadings add dimension and richness to this substantial and flavorful wine. This is figgy, round and full-bodied with wonderful mid-palate weight and mineral tension to the intense finish. Here is a serious wine that could match well to chicken or even pork.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2015 | Send Email
One of the best values in Sauvignon Blanc in the world. 2014 was super vintage and this wine is laser sharp and focused. Some citrus aromas and flavors with a slight fig flavor. Delicious
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Semillon

- 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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France

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Bordeaux

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Pessac-Leognan/Graves

- 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.