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Clos des Lunes "Lune d'Or" 2017

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    The intensity and purity of a fine Bordeaux dry white wine

    A fine wine from the Clos des Lunes estate, the Lune d’Or was born from the will of Olivier Bernard. His ambition was none other than to write the story of a great wine produced in the Bordeaux Blancs Secs appellation in Sauternes.

    Lune d'Or is therefore the result of an extremely careful selection and a confidential production that continues to display the class of a great wine vintage after vintage.

    Lune d'Or expresses the quintessence of the greatest terroirs by combining the deep gravel soils of Sauternes to give power, the gravel clay-limestone soils of Bommes to provide freshness, and the red clay soils of Barsac to contribute finesse and elegance.

    Because the core of Clos des Lunes is based on the identity of Sémillon, the Lune d'Or 2017 pays tribute to it in a blend that is largely dominated by it (70%) and completed with Sauvignon Blanc (30%).

    Although the 2017 vintage will be remembered for the tragic frost that hit the Bordeaux vineyards, the quality was not affected and was confirmed during the harvest from August 29, 2017 to September 19, 2017. The fruit was harvested at full ripeness and had an excellent balance between sugar and acidity, as well as a great aromatic freshness.

    As a rare and exceptional wine, the Lune d’Or 2017 presents a delicate crystal, pale yellow colour highlighted with green highlights. Beautifully expressive, the aromatic bouquet reveals complexity that bursts with the aromatic purity of the fruit. The Sauvignon Blanc reveals itself through its fresh citric notes and white-fleshed fruit while the personality of the Sémillon emerges through delicate floral notes reminiscent of acacia and hawthorn. The dense mouthfeel fills the palate with flavours that are perfectly balanced with a beautiful acidity and delicate fleshiness of the fruit, which then extends to give a mineral freshness from saline notes. Complex, precise, and a model of elegance and purity, the Lune d'Or 2017 presents itself as the epitome as a fine dry white wine.

    Parker : 92+ / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    A blend of 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 Lune d'Or offers up alluring scents of ripe Bosc pears, fresh Golden Delicious apples and lemongrass with hints of shaved ginger, coriander seed and cedar. The elegantly styled, medium-bodied palate is packed with tightly wound apple and spice-inspired flavors, featuring a satiny texture and racy backbone, finishing long and mineral laced. Although approachable now, to really experience all those layers in their full glory, I'd give this another six to 12 months in bottle and drink it over the next decade or more. If you love Chablis, although this is a completely different grape, the style and ideal food pairings are not so dissimilar, and this would make a great change of scene!
    BordeauxBordeaux dry white wines
    Alcohol
    13

    Grape varieties
    Sémillon/Sauvignon Blanc

    Dessert wine
    No

    J. Suckling
    94

    Vinous - A. Galloni
    91

    Wine Spectator
    92

    Country
    France

    Wine certification
    AOC

    Vineyard
    Bordeaux

    Area
    Bordeaux

    Appellation
    Bordeaux dry white wines

    Color
    White

    Producer
    Clos des Lunes

    Sweetness
    Dry white wines

    Parker
    92+

    Allergens
    Contains sulphites

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