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Château Closiot

Jean-Marie Guffens Goes West

Seduced by several old vintages of Château d'Yquem in his first visit to Bordeaux in ’76, Jean-Marie Guffens became a fanatic of Sauternes. Over forty years later, and having established two iconic properties in Burgundy, he was given the opportunity to purchase the historic Château Closiot from Bernard Sirot (a well-known Belgian wine journalist). From what we hear, Guffens could not pack his suitcase quickly enough.

Château Closiot covers eight hectares on the formidable Clos Bonneau, an exceptional terroir where the red earth, dotted with pebbles rests on the limestone base typical of the Barsac plateau. Surrounded by Climens, Doisy-Védrines and Coutet, the clos is planted almost exclusively to Semillon, and includes a generous four-hectare parcel of 100-year-old vines.

With just a handful under his belt, Guffens has hit the ground running, producing sweet wines of great beauty as well as the “greatest dry white of the Barsac region.” La Revue du Vin de France

With just two vintages under his belt, Guffens has hit the ground running, producing sweet wines of great beauty as well as the “greatest dry white of the Barsac region” (La Revue du Vins de France). Rather than using the morning mists, Guffens prefers harvesting under the first rays of the sun to obtain concentrated botrytis, and his team harvest a meticulous selection of botrytised berries in six successive pickings, spread over ten days. 

In the cellar, the juice is aged in 50% new oak for a year before the wine goes back into vats for 12 months to preserve the freshness and the tension, so typical of the great terroirs of Barsac. The result is a wine of extraordinary aromatic intensity, concentration and underlying energy.

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Chateau Closiot 'Le C de Sec' Bordeaux Blanc 2020

Chateau Closiot 'Le C de Sec' Bordeaux Blanc 2020

This is our first dry white from Jean-Marie Guffens' new white Bordeaux project. Having established two iconic properties in Burgundy, Guffens was given the opportunity to purchase the historic Château Closiot from Bernard Sirot (a well-known Belgian wine journalist). From what we hear, Guffens could not pack his suitcase quickly enough. And this wine is enough to tell us why. Château Closiot covers eight hectares on the formidable Clos Bonneau, an exceptional terroir where red earth dotted with pebbles rests on the limestone base typical of the Barsac plateau. Surrounded by Climens, Doisy-Védrines and Coutet, the clos is planted mainly to Sémillon and includes a generous four-hectare parcel of 100-year-old vines. The property’s dry wine includes a portion of the rare Sauvignon Gris, with both varieties vinified entirely in oak with approximately 25% new barrels. 

“Dominated by Sémillon that's picked late, just before botrytis really takes off in the vineyards, Guffens's 2020 Le C du Sec du Château Closiot is very promising, exhibiting inviting aromas of stone fruit, orange oil, beeswax, ripe melon, vanilla pod and nutmeg. Medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with racy acids, chalky structuring extract and a long, penetrating finish, it's one of the most interesting dry wines being produced in Bordeaux today.”
94 points, William Kelley, Wine Advocate
“The 2020 Le C Sec du Chateau Closiot leaps with intense notes of freshly squeezed lemons, lime zest, orange blossoms, and struck flint, giving way to suggestions of yuzu and shaved almonds. The medium-bodied palate is charged with energetic citrus and mineral flavors, supported by a crisp backbone and satiny texture, finishing long with a saline lift. Produced by Jean-Marie Guffens from Burgundy, this is a very different style Bordeaux blanc with clear Burgundian influences and I love it!”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent
Chateau Closiot 'Le C de Sec' Bordeaux Blanc 2020
Château Closiot Barsac Cuvée Bonneau 2018 (375ml)

Château Closiot Barsac Cuvée Bonneau 2018 (375ml)

Seduced by several old vintages of Yquem during his first visit to Bordeaux in 1976, Jean-Marie Guffens became a life-long fanatic of Sauternes. Over 40 years later—and after having established two iconic properties in Burgundy—he was given the opportunity to purchase the historic Château Closiot from Bernard Sirot (a well-known Belgian wine journalist). From what we hear, Guffens could not pack his suitcase fast enough. Château Closiot covers eight hectares on the formidable Clos Bonneau, an exceptional terroir where red earth dotted with pebbles rests on the limestone base typical of the Barsac plateau. Surrounded by Climens, Doisy-Védrines and Coutet, the clos is planted almost exclusively to Semillon, and includes a generous four-hectare parcel of 100-year-old vines. With just two vintages under his belt, Guffens has hit the ground running, producing “sweet wines of great beauty” as well as the “greatest dry white of the Barsac region” (La Revue du Vin de France). Rather than using the morning mists, Guffens prefers harvesting under the first rays of the sun to obtain concentrated botrytis, and his team harvest a meticulous selection of berries in six successive pickings spread over 10 days. In the cellar, the juice is aged in 50% new oak for one year before the wine goes back into vats for 12 months to preserve the freshness and tension typical of the great terroirs of the region. A Barsac of extraordinary aromatic intensity, concentration and underlying energy. The nose opens with notes of jasmine, honey and yellow flowers alongside roasted apricot and peach. On the palate, expect a beautiful array of sweet citrus, quince paste and candied ginger, all slowly tapering to a long caressing finish that remains wonderfully refreshing.

A Barsac of extraordinary aromatic intensity, concentration and underlying energy. The nose opens with notes of jasmine, honey and yellow flowers alongside roasted apricot and peach. On the palate, expect a beautiful array of sweet citrus, quince paste and candied ginger, all slowly tapering to a long caressing finish that remains wonderfully refreshing.

Château Closiot Barsac Cuvée Bonneau 2018 (375ml)
Château Closiot Barsac Cuvée Bonneau 2018

Château Closiot Barsac Cuvée Bonneau 2018

Seduced by several old vintages of Yquem during his first visit to Bordeaux in 1976, Jean-Marie Guffens became a life-long fanatic of Sauternes. Over 40 years later—and after having established two iconic properties in Burgundy—he was given the opportunity to purchase the historic Château Closiot from Bernard Sirot (a well-known Belgian wine journalist). From what we hear, Guffens could not pack his suitcase fast enough. Château Closiot covers eight hectares on the formidable Clos Bonneau, an exceptional terroir where red earth dotted with pebbles rests on the limestone base typical of the Barsac plateau. Surrounded by Climens, Doisy-Védrines and Coutet, the clos is planted almost exclusively to Semillon, and includes a generous four-hectare parcel of 100-year-old vines. With just two vintages under his belt, Guffens has hit the ground running, producing “sweet wines of great beauty” as well as the “greatest dry white of the Barsac region” (La Revue du Vin de France). Rather than using the morning mists, Guffens prefers harvesting under the first rays of the sun to obtain concentrated botrytis, and his team harvest a meticulous selection of berries in six successive pickings spread over 10 days. In the cellar, the juice is aged in 50% new oak for one year before the wine goes back into vats for 12 months to preserve the freshness and tension typical of the great terroirs of the region. A Barsac of extraordinary aromatic intensity, concentration and underlying energy. The nose opens with notes of jasmine, honey and yellow flowers alongside roasted apricot and peach. On the palate, expect a beautiful array of sweet citrus, quince paste and candied ginger, all slowly tapering to a long caressing finish that remains wonderfully refreshing.

A Barsac of extraordinary aromatic intensity, concentration and underlying energy. The nose opens with notes of jasmine, honey and yellow flowers alongside roasted apricot and peach. On the palate, expect a beautiful array of sweet citrus, quince paste and candied ginger, all slowly tapering to a long caressing finish that remains wonderfully refreshing.

Château Closiot Barsac Cuvée Bonneau 2018

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France

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Bordeaux

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Winemaker: Jean-Marie Guffens

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