EXPERTISE OF DOMAINE DE CHEVALIER – UNDER $35
New from Olivier & Hugo Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier
Clos des Lunes is a new project owned and operated by Olivier Bernard and his son Hugo – owners of Domaine de Chevalier. Encompassing some 100 or so acres, this is an exciting new range of wines grown in Sauternes – but produced as dry white Bordeaux. The “Lune d’Argent” label is made from 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc and showcases the insight, know-how and generational expertise of one of Bordeaux’s most respected white wine producing families.
Here, very old vines (averaging 35+ years) join forces with discerning and quality minded production methods to create a singular and delicious white blend. Grapes for this wine were harvested plot by plot at their peak of ripeness – all in all, over the course of nearly 30 days between early September and early October. Slowly and gently pressed, the wine was allowed to age for 6-7 months – 25% in barrel and 75% in vat before bottling.
The result is a magnificent white Bordeaux – perfect to serve as an aperitif, with soft cheeses or with milder seafood or fish dishes. This is a refined, finessed and highly pedigreed white demonstrating phenomenal concentration, length and mineral complexity. All the hallmarks of a classic white Bordeaux are on display – all at a humble price compared to wines of similar pedigree and quality.
2014 Clos des Lunes “Lune d’Argent”
$34 per 750mL bottle
“This delivers a pure blast of just-baked shortbread, along with racy yellow apple, fennel, mirabelle plum and white peach flavors. The long finish lets everything play out wonderfully. Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through 2022.”
93 out of 100 Points – WineSpectator.com