2008 1er Cru Classé Barsac

Origin France, Bordeaux
District Sauternes-Barsac
Village Barsac
Classification 1er Cru Classé

This has a very well -defined nose of dried pineapple, quince and vanilla pod that unfolds seductively in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a mellifluous texture, although there remains some oak that needs to be subsumed into the wine. It displays fine definition towards the finish with impressive length. Always a little curmudgeonly in its youth, this Climens deserves a decade in bottle. Drinking range: 2011 - 2040 Rating: 93-93 Neal Martin, (Dec 2011)

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Bright golden yellow. Fresh apricot, orange oil, hazelnut and racy spices on the tangy nose. Silky, lush and deep, with superb balancing acidity keeping this utterly seamless wine light on its feet. Showing more spice than apricot fruit now but this refined, very long wine is dusty with material and very long and subtle on the aftertaste. Its balance makes it attractive already but I'd hold it for at least another five to seven years to give it a chance to absorb some of its spicy oak. Rating: 93-93 Stephen Tanzer, 2010)

Rating: 92-95 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate,

As every year, the final blend has not been made and the tasting at the châteaux is of various barrel samples of individual lots picked on different dates, even at different times of the day. Harvesting took place 30 Sep to 30 Oct with just 4 tries or picking phases, with 57% of the harvest gathered in the 4 days of the second phase (21, 22, 26, 27 Oct). The total harvest was 122 barrels, split into 13 lots, a little lower than the average of the last 10 years. Yield was 11 ha/ha. The first tri was generally richer and more fruity than the others. My favourite lot was perhaps less concentrated than recent vintages but with a delicate floral character and lovely brightness and elegance. The slightly lower concentration seemed to allow an attractive liveliness. All six lots tasted were quite distinct, some more marked by oak than others, so it's hard to draw a conclusion on how the final blend will taste but this selection of possible components suggests a fresh, bright lightly floral wine, still with excellent intensity and lovely apricot botrytis depth but a little less rich than the 2007 and none the worse for that. 2016-36 Rating: 18 Jancis Robinson MW OBE -

Château Climens

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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