2001 1er Cru Classé Barsac
|Grapes||Sauv Blanc, Muscadelle, Sémillon|
|Classification||1er Cru Classé|
The Climens 2001 has always possessed a deliriously complex and intense bouquet that is beautifully defined: dried quince and marmalade, honeycomb and antique furniture. There is an inchoate, resinous element that will surely surface over the next decade or so. This is a bouquet that demands attention and in this blind tasting, sticks out from the crowd, a sui generis. Since I last tasted it, the palate has opened up and is beginning to pump on all cylinders. It is wonderfully balanced with fabulous intensity and a long, citrus-tinged finish that is utterly beguiling. As Kate Bush once sang: "Wow". Drinking range: 2014 - 2040 Rating: 99 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Oct 2014)
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Loads of orange peel and dried apricots on the nose here. Full-bodied, with a wild and exciting palate. Sweet yet racy. Electrifying. Great class and elegance. One of the best Climens I have tasted. Best after 2010 Rating: 97 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator
Still pale gold. Fresh, limpid, vibrant ripe pear juice impression. The most reticent and backward of the three 2001s. Very ‘bright’ somehow on the nose. Clean attack on the palate with round, gentle freshness and even a slight menthol note. Long and a bit of crème brûlée on the finish. Extremely long and briskly fresh. Invigorating, as only good young Sauternes, or Barsac, can be. A little astringence on the finish still. Should be set for a very long life. Wonderfully smooth texture. Drinking range: 2010 - 2040 Rating: 19.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Jul 2004)
A prodigious offering, the 2001 Climens’ light medium bold color with a greenish hue is followed by ethereal aromas of tropical fruits (primarily pineapple), honeysuckle, and flowers. It is a medium-bodied wine of monumental richness, extraordinary precision/delineation, great purity, and moderate sweetness. The finish seemingly lasts forever. This monumental effort is the stuff of legends. 2010-2040+. Drinking range: 2010 - 2040 Rating: 100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Jan 2004)
Barsac Premier Cru 1855 The name "Climens" appears to be derived from a local dialect word meaning unfertile land. It is one of the two Premier Cru properties in Barsac (the other being Château Coutet), although the golden age for Climens came later after Henri Gounouilhou bought the estate in 1885, guiding it through phlloxera and oidium, managing to expand the vineyards and, on occasions, rivalling even Château d'Yquem. In 1971, Château Climens was purchased by the great Lucien Lurton and is now run by his daughter Bérénice. The 30ha of vineyard are planted entirely with Semillon. The yield for the Grand Vin is very low, averaging 7hl/ha. The grapes are fermented in small barrels (a third new each year) and aged for 20 to 24 months before release.
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