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2017 Clos Floridène, Graves Blanc

SKU #1411644 93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (3/2018)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

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

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2017 Clos Floridène Blanc has a really classy bouquet, very well defined with citrus lemon, lime and light crushed pebble aromas. This is very pure and focused. The palate is well balanced with a twist of sour lemon on the entry, a fine bead of acidity with a very saline finish. This is a really interesting Clos Floridène thanks to the expressive Sémillon. (NM) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

K&L Notes

91 points Antonio Galloni for Vinous: "A wine of real distinction and class, the 2017 Clos Floridène Blanc also shows just how appealing the vintage is for Bordeaux's dry whites. Lemon confit, tangerine oil, pear, spice and a kiss of new French oak all grace this soft, wonderfully expressive white from the Dubourdieu family. The 2017 is pure class. That's all there is to it." (03/2020)

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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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