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Tasted during the 2016 primeurs campaign, this fantastic, complex, succulent wine tells exactly why Berenice Lurton goes to such extremes to fashion a balanced wine - it is close to Sauternes perfection. Drink now or keep many years. Drinking range: 2017 - 2050 Rating: 96-96 L&S (Apr 2017)
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Stands out for its exceptionally pure botrytis and striking concentration. Aromas and flavours of caramelised pineapple, lime blossom, barley sugar and tangerine, underpinned by racy acidity. Barrel fermented in barriques, one third new. One of the greatest recent vintages for Barsac's benchmark. Drinking range: 2016 - 2060 Rating: 96 Decanter Magazine (Oct 2016)
Picked in just two tries, 90% picked in one trie, tasting through 13 separate lots, the core components of a great Climens appear to be in place. Paying particular attention to the lots that constitute a large percentage of the blend (usually around 15%) the common themes are ones of great purity, persistency and precision. The aromatics display pure honey, minerals, occasionally a faint scent of spearmint and white peach, most with spellbinding precision. On the palate, Berenice Lurton has some stupendous lots at her disposal, with ample botrytis, ethereal definition, one or two more powerful, quite spicy lots and others that are shorter and will undoubtedly lend the blend an acidic cut. It will be a joy to taste this after bottling. Rating: 96-98 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com
Impossible to give a mark because the final blend is not made, but the tasting of the different lots in barrel indicate that Climens will probably surpass all its great successes of the past and reach the highest imagineable level, with a perfect 2009 balance between richness and elegance. www.decanter.com
As usual, there was no final blend of Climens to taste, but a succession of barrel samples representing each picking, rather fewer than usual in 2009 since the vintage was so successful. The first lot, picked on 28 Sep, was incredibly rich and pure and full-bodied. And then the 3 Oct lot was, amazingly, even richer and heavier. Apparently 90% of the crop was picked between 2 and 9 Oct in unusually warm conditions. Two lots picked on 5 Oct showed that the afternoon lot was nervier than the morning lot. Unlike in 2005, for example, the last lots, such as the one picked on 8 Oct, were less rather than more concentrated, and delightfully racy. Great blend of richness, raciness and life. This should be very special indeed and I may be under-scoring it. 2020-2045 Rating: 18.5+ Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
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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