2019 Chateau Climens Asphodel
Berenice Lurton, of renowned 1er Cru Classe Sauternes house of Chateau Climens formed a collaboration with Pascal Jolivet of Sancerre fame. In 2019 Chateau Climens introduced a 100% dry Semillon wine from younger vines called Asphodel, which translates as white flower. Pascal’s achievements with Loire whites have been described as “fresh, unstoppable and racy”, which is an understatement for these wines.
This pale yellow beauty reveals hidden aromas of delicate white flowers and jasmine that are enticing yet subtle. It opens with fresh notes of crushed white citrus, guava and chamomile. The middle has a touch of marzipan cream yet is not weighty as it effortlessly carries you to a long finish. Consumers will begin to admire the charm of wines made from Semillon and perhaps rethink their interest in Chardonnay.
By W Peter Hoyne