Saturday night...our team is partying with some awesome curry and Game of Thrones. Somehow, it always ends up like this.
So what to drink when it's hot as hell outside (and inside), and even on screen as Westeros burns to the ground...? We decide to visit up a wine that we haven't tried since we first sampled it and decided to stock several cases for the store: a brilliant white Bordeaux that has impressed me over previous vintages, and which is always one of the most outstanding performers in the region and price range.
Clos des Lunes is a Sauternes project from Domaine de Chevalier, who make some very long-living and profound wines in Pessac-Leognan. They are normally better known for their whites, and from experience Domaine de Chevalier blancs are riveting wines with age. I enjoy Smith Haut Lafitte's rich style more, but Domaine de Chevalier has an admirable uniqueness to their wines.
At this point, I think Lune D'Argent is definitely along those lines as a wine to cellar. It's a misconception that wines have to be expensive to age. All they need is acidity, good fruit concentration, and something going on besides just pure juiciness.
Lune D'Argent has the very high acidity that marks out the Sauvignon Blanc in the blend, but it really needs time to settle down. The nose almost smells like Chenin to me...I'm getting herbs, wet wool, some crazy notes of lemon, citrus, and honey. It isn't super complex now, but what I'm expecting is that after 2-3 years it will all start to come out, because as the glass warms the weight and depth of the wine becomes way more noticeable.
As for the pairing? Honestly it got a bit lost in the curry. It wasn't the best pairing ever, but well the acidity was high enough to cut through the intense flavour, we enjoyed the wine and food, and learned something new about Lune D'Argent 2013. Enjoy!