The charm of a powerful and refined dry white Grand Vin of Bordeaux
Product of one of the greatest terroirs for white wines in France, the Lune d’Or 2018 from Clos des Lunes embodies the quintessence of Bordeaux blancs secs.
A magnificent vineyard of 70 hectares, Clos des Lunes is located in Sauternes, south of Bordeaux. The vines are planted in deep gravel, and the gravel on clay-limestone substrate that is found in Bommes, as well as the red soils of Barsac.
Blending Semillon (70%) and Sauvignon Blanc (30%), the Lune d'Or 2018 from the Clos des Lunes is a rare cuvée, produced in very limited quantities. Only the most beautiful clusters of very old vines are selected and the fruit carefully sorted by hand.
At the tasting, the Lune d’Or 2018 from Clos des Lunes sports a beautiful golden color. The aromatic bouquet is highly precise, offering exquisite notes of ripe stone fruit (espeically sweet apricots), and exotic fruit, melon and citrus, further enhanced by delicate floral fragrances, with perfumes of linden and acacia flower. On the palate, the wine displays a beautifully dense and generous texture with fruity flavors. The palate is powerful, and perfectly balanced with a beautiful freshness. The wine offers remarkable length and great purity. A great dry white wine from Bordeaux with a remarkable potential to evolve with age.
Parker : 90-92 / 100
J. Suckling : 93 / 100
Wine Advocate-Parker :
This is a relatively recent project from Olivier Bernard of Domaine de Chevalier. In 2011, Bernard purchased this 27-hectare vineyard planted at 6,600 vines per hectare. It has since grown to 60 hectares. The average age of the vines used for this cuvée is 45 years old. The soils are clay-coated gravel atop a subsoil that mixes clay and limestone. The wine fermented and aged in barrel--including 35% new oak--for 18 months with regular bâtonnage during the first nine months of the aging regimen. The blend is 70% Sémillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc, and it has 13.5% alcohol. The 2018 Lune d'Or, from the lieu-dit Caplane near the town of Sauternes, strides boldly out of the glass with gregarious tropical fruit notes of fresh pineapples and green mango with hints of honeycomb, ripe peaches and allspice. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating exotic fruits and plenty of freshness, finishing with great length.