2018 Chateau Climens Asphodele Blanc Sec
2018 Chateau Climens Asphodele Blanc Sec; Bordeaux, France
Sémillon is one of the wine world’s unsung heroes. The gold-skinned grape produces France’s most famous and revered sweet wines, notably Sauternes, and some of the greatest dry white wines of Australia (specifically those of the Hunter Valley). And yet, few Sémillons between these two extremes attract much attention.The thick-skinned grape is characterized by its autumnal colors in the vineyard. Sémillon is vigorous and easy to cultivate, and buds later (but ripens earlier) than its most common blending partner, Sauvignon Blanc. Although the fruit is usually bright golden-green, it is not uncommon to find pink- and copper-colored berries around harvest time.
Bordeaux, in the southwest of France, needs little introduction as one of the world’s most famous, prestigious and prolific wine regions. The majority of Bordeaux wines (nearly 90 percent of production volume) are the dry, medium- and full-bodied red Bordeaux Blends that established its reputation. The legendary reds are complemented by high-quality white wines based on Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc
These range from dry whites to challenge the best from the Burgundy region to the sweet, botrytized nectars of Sauternes.