Chateau Climens is revered by many wine-critics including myself. Robert Parker praises the sweet wine as one of the best in terms of food matching whilst his part-time nemesis Clive Coates MW writing in his "Grand Vins" tome, complements the wine's depth and longevity, especially compared to the other estates in Barsac. Moreover, the wine is consistently sold at reasonable prices en primeur, which in propitious vintages makes this an astute purchase for those aficionados of botrytis-affected wine.
What distinguishes Climens is its altitude. Situated close to the village of La Pinesse, the vineyard is some 20 metres above sea level... under the Lurton regime it became entirely devoted to Semillon, similar to Chateau d'Yquem.
It goes without saying that extremely low yields are mandatory at Chateau Climens... The wine is bottled without fining or filtration, with only around 2,500 cases of the first wine and half as many of the second (Cypres de Climens) being produced per annum.
On the whole, my experiences with this wine have been very impressive... Climens is a rich, "fat" wine that maintains an ethereal degree of elegance and poise.... Climens is favoured due to its depth and concentration, plus its ability to age. Climens is for discerning individuals who admire what sublime, sweet Bordeaux. In many ways, Yquem without the price-tag.
-- Neal Martin, Neal Martin's Wine Journal- Producer Profile, Climens
Medium yellow. Reticent, spicy nose opens slowly to reveal apricot, orange and caramel. Fat, silky and sweet, with the sheer concentration to support its substantial alcohol. Quite unctuous for Climens, with an almost confectionery quality to the fruit. Comes across as less firm than usual for a young Climens, but then today the wine's structure is buried beneath its opulence and baby fat.
By WineNerd007, June 30, 2008
I tasted this in barrel, before a finished product was put together, and the lots I tasted were sublime. Each lot seemed better than the previous one and the finish on each seemed to last for days.
Average rating: 5.00(2 ratings)