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2004 Chateau Climens Barsac

Winery: Chateau Climens
Style: Sweet Wine
Varietal: Semillon
Region: Bordeaux
Size: 750 ml
Price: $72.98 Add to Cart

SKU# B04-001

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Chateau Climens Barsac

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: 93 points
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93+ POINTS

"A brilliant showing of the '04, it has an entrancing nose of clear honey, almond, tinned apricot and a faint touch of mint. Very precise and alluring and the palate does not disappoint with fine acidity, a judicious citrus edginess counterbalancing the pure mellifluous fruit. Elegant and so bewitchingly poised, this is a real treat to enjoy in the flush of youth."

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

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Reticent, cooler nose suggests menthol and vanilla. Then quite sweet, dense and silky, even thick for 2004. Currently dominated by brown spices, especially clove, but with a broad and seamless texture. This has struck me as unusually rich and sweet for Climens from the beginning. A real spice bomb today, and nicely long on the aftertaste.

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