2016 Clos Floridène, Graves Blanc

SKU #1312973 92 points Vinous

 The 2016 Clos Floridène Blanc is a huge overachiever. Green apple, pear and jasmine are some of the many nuances laced into this silky, beautifully textured white. Even though it has just been bottled, the 2016 is super impressive. Today, the 2016 stands out for its brightness and overall energy. (AG)  (2/2018)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 Taut, with pink grapefruit zest, white peach and verbena notes backed by a steely hint on the finish. (JM, Web Only-2017)

Jancis Robinson

 Racy and lively with some richness underneath. Very broad and flattering, though not a really long-distance runner perhaps. 16.5/20  (4/2017)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 For reasons unknown, I did not taste the Clos Floridene 2016 Blanc during en primeur, but hey, you just have to wait a few weeks and the wine is bottled and ready to go. It has a restrained nose, one that does not leap out of the glass like the Doisy-Daëne Blanc that I compared it with. This takes longer to unfurl, with cooking apple and subtle walnut notes. There is something Loire-like, almost Vouvray in style about this white Bordeaux. The palate is well balanced with just the right amount of fatness on the entry countered by a fine line of acidity. It has a very texturally satisfying, slightly creamy finish that lingers long in the mouth. This is very satisfying. Tasted July 2017. (NM)  (8/2017)

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Staff Image By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2018 | Send Email
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This white Bordeaux wine is unique in that it is barrel-aged, which provides a more richer and complex wine. On the nose there are notes of soft tropical fruits and balanced with great acid and clean finish. If you’re looking for something interesting and great tasting, this bottle will deliver that and then some. You can't beat the price on this fantastic bottle!

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2018 | Send Email
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We always love this Dubourdieu white. And this wine will age in cellar very well. in 2005 we drank a bottle of the 1991 Clos Floridene and it was perfect. Very citrusy on the nose and palate-minerality galore.
Drink from 2018 to 2030

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2018 | Send Email
The entire wine world was shocked and saddened by the untimely passing of owner Denis Dubordieu in July of 2016. Winemaker, consultant, professor of enology, no other single individual had as great an impact on the quality of white wines being produced in Bordeaux today. He is survived by his wife, Florence, and his two sons, Fabrice & Jean-Jacques, who preserve his legacy of making spectacular wines of great depth and character. The 2016 Clos Floridene, Graves Blanc is no exception. Bright, fresh, intensely aromatic, with notes of stone and citrus fruits. Lovely weight and texture with just a hint of pain grillé. A blend of 56% Sauvignon Blanc and 44 % Sémillon. Aged in barrel (25% new) for eight months with regular batonnage. Drink or hold. Perhaps our best overall value in a white Bordeaux, and a great introduction to the style.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

Specific Appellation:

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.