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2020 C de Sec

Jean-Marie Guffens has the Midas touch when it comes to white wine. From his highly sought after Domaine Guffens-Heynen, to the incredibly good value Verget wines, stretching to his projects further south; all produce brilliant whites that include the Interdit de Guffens and Triangle de Guffens that have proved so popular with Farr Vintners customers. 

In 2017, Jean-Marie bought Château Closiot in Barsac. The primary focus of this property will of course be botrytised sweet wines, but Jean-Marie has turned his hand to making a Sémillon-led dry white, as so many traditionally sweet wine producers are in the region. Unlike the others, Jean-Marie's background as a dry white wine specialist gives him a significant advantage. 

C de Sec is the result. Made from Sémillon picked fully ripe with a hint of botrytis, it is bone dry but complex and powerful. The Wine Advocate's William Kelley tasted the 2020 recently and awarded it 94 points, calling it "one of the most interesting dry wines being produced in Bordeaux today." It is fantastic value at just £165 per dozen in bond given the score and winemaker. 

Tasted recently at our offices, the 2020 has a wonderful interplay of smoky reduction, waxy ripe fruit and lively acidity. Kelley says it is "very promising," and "layered" with a "long, penetrating finish." The wine opens up with air in the glass wonderfully, and benefits from being opened or decanted for 30 minutes before serving at this young stage. It will offer excellent drinking pleasure over the next 5-8 years - a wine stamped with Guffens' unique character and skill. 

Minimum Order - 12 bottles
This wine will be available for delivery in December 2022

2020 C de Sec

Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2020C de Sec du Chateau Closiot

1 case minimum order

BT33 \ 0 396165.001294 WK39618.33333333333394.0094.00C de Sec du Chateau Closiot0.7530
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.

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.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate, August 2022