Starting several years ago, Olivier Bernard and the team at Domaine de Chevalier made a strong commitment to Clos des Lunes, an ancient vineyard in Sauternes, among the finest in Bordeaux. Relying on an intimate relationship with the terroir, the ultimate aim is to create one of the greatest dry white wines on the market. Clos des Lunes is located in the heart of a small area encompassing the finest great growths of Sauternes, in the communes of Sauternes and Bommes. Historically, this terroir has always been recognized for its ability to produce top-quality sweet white wines.
However, before botrytisation, the grapes obviously go through a phase of optimum ripeness that is also conducive to making dry white wines. The fine soil and microclimate here are ideally suited to producing very great dry white wines with remarkable freshness.
2019 Domaine de Chevalier – Clos De Lune – Lune D’Argent – Bordeaux Blanc – $33.95 per bottle – six packs.
92-94 Points Vinous
The 2019 Lune d’Argent is more generous and slightly more honeyed on the nose compared to the Lune d’Or. This is very fragrant. The palate is well balanced with a crisp opening, maybe drier than the aromatics augur with fine acidity and a lovely stem ginger/saline finish that urges you back for another sip. Another excellent white from Clos des Lune.
93 Points Jeb Dunnuck
I continue to love these Semillon-dominated whites from Clos des Lunes. The 2019 Clos Des Lunes Lune D’Argent Blanc has a terrific sense of purity and elegance as well as crisp citrus, pineapple, and white flower aromas and flavors. It’s medium-bodied, has a beautiful texture, a great mid-palate, building richness, and a great finish.
Domaine Tinel Blondelet – Sancerre 2019. $34.95 per bottle / six packs
This is pure Sauvignon Blanc sourced from 50-year old vines grown in flint and limestone soils. All farming is done organically with absolutely no pesticides or unnatural fertilizers used in the vineyards. The juice is kept in stainless steel tanks until it is ready to bottle. This practice maintains its freshness and the result is a white wine with hints of mineral and fruity, citrus notes on top of a backbone of acidity that reminds you that this can only be Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc
“You can almost taste the flint soil in this steely, mineral-textured wine. With its tight citrus character and textured, perfumed flavors, the wine is young and ready to soften soon. Drink from 2021.” 91 Points Wine Enthusiast.