2018 Chateau Climens Asphodele Bordeaux Blanc


This is the first release of a dry, white wine from Chateau Climens. It is 100% Sémillon and it’s vibrant and pure with hints of clementine, lemon, wild flower and honeysuckle. It is refreshing and refined with eight months of aging on the lees in stainless steel tanks.

 Biodynamic farming practices and only 1,000 cases produced.

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Primary to south-west France and the Bordeaux region, specifically Sauternes and Barsac, this grape varietal is prized for dessert wines due its richness and thin skins allowing this grape to be nobly affected by botrytis. Semillon, considered underrated in much of the world, made well can also produce interesting, full-bodied and long-lived dry white wines with satisfying flavors of citrus, honey, and grassiness. However, you may often find this grape blended with Sauvignon Blanc as Semillon has a tendency to be lower in acidity needing the crispness provided by Sauvignon Blanc. Another region to note for this unique grape is Hunter Valley in Australia. 

Bordeaux, France

The largest region within France, Bordeaux has made quite the name for itself with its prestigious producers and fine wines. Bordeaux, having a moderate maritime climate, sees much influence from the nearby gulf stream including warming effects, rainfall and humidity which is why you’ll find a number of their vineyards closer to the ocean with a high gravel soil content. You may hear the term “Bordeaux Blend” thrown around or used in other countries pertaining to their wines that are made from multiple “Bordeaux” grape varietals and blended together. When this term is used it means the winemaker has included these 5 main grape varietals that are traditional to the Bordeaux region: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Customary white grape varieties from Bordeaux are Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle. In the famous regions of Sauternes and Barsac you’ll find these classic white grapes used to make top quality sweet wine.

Bordeaux has many distinguished appellations within the large region often characterized by “left bank” or “right bank.” The Dordogne and Garonne rivers form the Gironde Estuary that divides the Bordeaux vineyards into these separate “banks.”  Falling on the left bank are the principal districts of Médoc/Haut-Médoc, Graves and Sauternes. Within each of these districts lies smaller appellations home to some of the most famous Château houses around the world. On the opposite side, Saint-Émilion and Pomerol make up the right bank where a vast majority of the Merlot grape is grown.

The exceptionally distinguished Château Climens is classified as a 1er Cru Classé and known as the “Lord of Barsac”. Its history dates back to the 16th century, and only five families have owned the estate from its origins. This is a rare occurrence which explains why its surface area in a continuous single vineyard has practically remained unchanged since the date of its creation. In 1971, Lucien Lurton, already the owner of several famous classified growths in the Médoc, was won over by the finesse of the Climens wines and acquired the château. It was in 1992 that his daughter Bérénice Lurton took over the château’s destiny. Since then, it is with enthusiasm and determination that she takes great care in perpetuating the precious magic of Château Climens, ensuring that this legendary growth shines with evermore brilliance and grace.

Made in collaboration with Pascal Jolivet, from Sancerre, this dry white from the Climens vineyard has a very distinct personality, making it different from any other wine of the region. The “Jolivet method” is based on the simple logic of nature: berries harvested at their freshest, spontaneous fermentation by naturally-occurring yeasts, aging on the lees, an absence of oak, etc. In their obsession to fully develop the potential of the atypical Climens terroir in all its purity, the team at Climens adapted the vinification advocated by Pascal Jolivet to the requirements of biodynamic production. This new, dry white wine thus offers a precise reading of this terroir that has been fashioned by the conjunction of clayey red sand and limestone. The result is a unique wine, vibrant and pure, that conjugates grace as well as character.

The name Asphodèle has a musical lilt that has a resemblance to the wine: it begins with a vowel that is both open and strong; it softens and becomes more seductive in the middle; and it has a fresh, long-lasting yet nimble finish. Looking beyond its rhythmic qualities, the word also has a meaning: Asphodèle is the French name for a splendid wild lily with white flowers which abounds on calcareous terrain. Reputed to survive fires, it has inspired poets over the ages and has become attached to the symbolism of transcendence, a passage between earth and heaven that allows humans to go beyond the bounds of their mortal condition in order to approach the divine. Just as much a flower of the people as of poets and philosophers, it has been a bearer of meaning and mystery ever since antiquity

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