One of the top new white wine cuvees to come from France that we have tasted in the past few years, the Asphodele is a beautiful wine. 2019 is the second iteration of this Cuvee, building upon the instant success of the '18 vintage, with gorgeous expression, purity, and depth. This is a bit more focused than the '18 and an exceptional world-class white wine that will only get better. These are the last bottles we have, so grab one before they are gone!
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We are excited to offer the second vintage of what was out best selling new white wine ever. 2018 was the inaugural vintage for the Climens Asphodele, which was released last year and made in collaboration with Sancerre producer Pascal Jolivet. Drawing upon their long tenure as expert Semillon farmers, producing some of Sauternes' best wines, with inspiration from Jolivet, Climens has made one of the best dry Semillons we have ever tasted. Though the Asphodele is from Barsac, 2018 was a hugely successful vintage for this wine. We just were able to try the 2019 two days ago, and we are happy to report that it is fantastic. 2019 at first glance, has stunning aromatics of nectarine, pear, peach pit, followed with an airy floral perfume, lemon rind, wild grasses, and a chalky minerality. The palate sees the same dynamic of restrained opulence and builds in richness, starting silky and carrying more weight through the mid-palate than the '18, before the laser-like acidity takes hold bringing tremendous energy to the explosive finish that builds in intensity, leaving dry extract and mineral flavors behind. This is a stunning white wine, and we can only expect it to get more and more polished every vintage and 2019 is a clear step in the right direction. I've been re-tasting this wine over the past three days just on the cork, and it is still kicking, which says a lot about how this wine could age. This will integrate beautifully with a little cellar time and prove to be a fantastic wine over the next few years, but popping a bottle now won't hurt. We have one of the first shots at the 2019 vintage, and we cannot recommend it enough for fans of white Bordeaux, Chablis, Sancerre, Rhone whites, and even domestic cool-climate Chardonnay.