The 2011 Clos Floridène is a blend of 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 44% Semillon and 1% Muscadelle, Sauvignon Blanc having a greater representation in the wine than it has in the vineyard (which is 56% Semillon). After picking by hand the fruit is pressed and allowed a little skin contact, before the juices are separated and transferred into barrels, of which one-quarter are renewed each year. The wine enjoys up to eight months on its lees, withbâtonnage, before bottling. In the glass it has a vibrant hue, and is fairly richly coloured for a Sauvignon Blanc (although as noted there is Semillon here too). It has a very classic Graves nose, showing a typically sandy, quartzy edge, but the ripeness of the fruit comes through as well, with notes of white peach and tangerine alongside, together with a chalky, barley water substance.