Clos des Lunes, Bordeaux (France) “Lune Blanche” 2019

($20, Monsieur Touton Selection):  The Barnard family, owners of the stellar Domaine de Chevalier, one of the top estates in Pessac Léognan, owns Clos des Lunes, a property located in the Sauternes region of Bordeaux.  The care they take with their wines from Domaine de Chevalier show in their dry white wines from Clos des Lunes.  Though located in Sauternes, the label cannot carry that appellation because Sauternes producers are prohibited from making dry wines under the rules of that appellation.  Hence, the less prestigious designation of, simply, Bordeaux.  In the tradition of Sauternes though, the blend of Clos des Lunes’ wines is predominantly Semillon.  This one, Lune Blanche, is really their second wine and bottled under screwcap.  (The first wine is labeled Lune d’Argent).  What a nice second wine it is.  Delicate and balanced, you feel the creaminess of Semillon offset by a hint of bite of Sauvignon Blanc.  It’s a good match for this summer’s seafood.
88 Michael Apstein May 23, 2023