2015 Clos Marsalette Blanc, Pessac-Léognan (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1251763 90-93 points Wine Spectator

 A textbook version, with yellow apple and gooseberry notes, mixed with thyme and verbena details. Offers a pure, lively finish. (Web Only-2016, JM)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The blend of the Clos Marsalette Blanc has shifted from equal parts Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc to slightly more Sémillon dominated and the 2015 is 65% Sémillon and 35% Sauvignon. With 30% of the wine aged in barrel, it offers a fresh, focused, beautifully pure style as well as terrific notes of ripe white peach, salty minerality and a hint of lime. You can safely drink bottles over the coming 3-4 years or cellar for a decade.  (11/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 Von Neipperg's 2015 Clos Marsalette Blanc offers lovely depth, texture and consistency. Candied lemon, white flowers, mint and orchard fruit meld together in an expressive, appealing white endowed with tons of personality. The 35% Sémillon, blocked malo style and lees stirring give the wine much of its signature texture, while a dash of new French oak adds lift on the finish. This is a terrific showing. (AG)  (4/2016)

91 points James Suckling

 A white with sliced dried mangoes and apple skin. Some lemons. Medium body and good fruit. Bright finish. Drink now. Enjoy.  (2/2018)


 Very pretty, creamy, fleshy citrus fruit – a classic even blend of Sauvignon and Semillon, 50% malolactic fermentation and ageing in barrel. (JA)  (4/2016)

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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.