This is the third consecutive vintage that I’ve offered up the Clos des Lune ‘Lune d’Argent’. Without hyperbole, every year it gets better. Heck, every year the scores get better too. It’s one of those wines that at first I liked, but the more I have it, the more appreciation I have for what a good bottle of White Bordeaux it really is and how ridiculously affordable it remains.
If you remember the story, this is the work of the winemaking legend, Oliver Bernard. The man in charge of the winemaking team at Domaine de Chevalier in Graves – the single greatest White Bordeaux producer. But after 35 years of controlling the show at Chevalier, he also took on the responsibilities at Chateau Giraud, the well-known Premier Cru Classé producer of the sweet white wine Sauternes.
But he didn’t have enough work. Either that or the man has an unmatched motor and passion for making wine. That’s the only thing that could explain taking on Clos des Lunes as a vanity project on top of everything else. But he does so with a clear and free vision: create the best dry white wine in Bordeaux.
That task is easier said than done, especially when you factor in how crazy it sounds on the surface to take grapes destined for some one of the most desirable dessert wine in the world which easily fetches three figures – and instead create a white wine masterpiece for less than $25?!?! As they say in Princess Bride, “inconceivable.”
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93 Pts, Jeb Dunnuck
Pure white peach, tart pineapple, white flowers, and chalky mineral notes all emerge from the 2019 Clos Des Lunes Lune D’Argent Blanc, a Semillon-dominated, medium-bodied, concentrated, wonderfully textured white. This is well worth your time and money, and I suspect it will have a decade of longevity. Best After 2022
93 Pts, James Suckling
Bright and zesty nose of green pineapple, gooseberry, lime curd, passion fruit and crushed stone. Wax and nougat, too. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity and a fresh, creamy palate. Excellent length. 70% semillon and 30% sauvignon blanc. Drink now or hold.