DENIS DUBOURDIEU

 

BORDEAUX, FRANCE 2018

 

 

With the forecast of warm weather in our midst, I can't think of a better wine to pour than a crisp, refreshing, mineral driven white. To many people Bordeaux means red, but it's their enchanting whites that continue to captivate me. A classic blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon either aged in oak or stainless steel, they stand apart for their nuance—with a refreshing energy and spectrum of flavors and textures that continue to unfold with each enticing sip. Elegant, silky and beautifully textured with a brightness and overall energy, these whites almost always carry with them a certain gravitas and there's nothing more satisfying than enjoying the subtle pleasures of a wine with depth and elegance—at a price that won't break the bank. With Bordeaux Futures well under way, we're continually reminded of the prices that red Bordeaux commands and how under-valued their whites remain. I can't help but relish in the fact that I can still afford to buy superbly elegant, age-worthy whites for a fraction of the price—even from the legacy properties of one of the most well-respected winemakers in Bordeaux, Denis Dubourdieu.

Named ‘Man of the Year’ in 2016, Denis Dubourdieu, “world-leading expert on white wine vinification [...] will be remembered as one of the greats of wine science and winemaking” (Decanter). Denis passed away in 2016, leaving behind a remarkable influence. He was a consultant to some of the best Bordeaux wine estates, including Château d’Yquem, Cheval Blanc, and Margaux, yet much of his life’s work was devoted to his proprietary estates, including those featured today, Doisy-Däene, and Clos Floridène. His sons Fabrice and Jean-Jacques continue to manage the six Dubourdieu estates and have upheld the family’s reputation for finely crafted Sauternes and white wines—many of which represent some of the best value to be found within Bordeaux.

Established in 1982, Clos Floridène was named by Dubourdieu to echo his wife's name, Florence. Though both Doisy-Däene and Clos Floridène are a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grown on the same terroir of shallow soil on top of limestone bedrock, Doisy-Däene is aged entirely in oak while Clos Floridène is aged mainly in stainless steel. With both whites featuring a pronounced minerality and lively acidity, they are an invigorating and refreshing example of white Bordeaux at its finest. As the summer is now underway, these are two bottles I will have stocked to open at a moment's notice. So, for one week we're offering an incredible deal on these already unbelievable value whites. With up to 22% off when you Mix & Match 12 or more bottles, this is an offer you don't want to miss!

 

 

 

*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Fall 2021. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MI, NY or WI. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, July 15, 2021.