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2005 Chateau Climens Barsac (half bottle)

Winery: Chateau Climens
Style: Sweet Wine
Varietal: Semillon
Region: Bordeaux
Size: 375 ml
Price: $65.98 Add to Cart

SKU# B05-138

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Chateau Climens Barsac

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: 97 points
Merchant Reviews
92-96 POINTS

"Simply one of the standout wines of this horizontal. An understated nose, quite minerally with touches of white peach and apricot all with wonderful definition. The palate displays exquisite balance, a sense of controlled power the Climens carries off so well. A touch of clear honey, acacia, peach, a little quince. Very long and supremely well focused. Another year, another great Climens."

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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There was a time when the best of Barsac would not achieve the heavily concentrated character found in wines from the heart of Sauternes, but, as this wine so handsomely shows, such is no longer the case. Its intensely honeyed, golden apple and ripe peach aromas are nicely complemented by nutty notes of botrytis, and the wine's thick, rich flavors follow perfectly in suit. Still, this wine is too young and direct to be more than a sugary cameo of what it will become over time, and we very much urge you to let it age into the layered perfection that surely lies ahead.
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Good full golden-yellow. Musky, very fresh aromas of crystallized citrus peel, minerals and toasted bread. The palate offers incredible sappy concentration and a saline aspect, not to mention a penetrating quality rare for this fruit-driven year. In fact, this begins almost light, then builds inexorably toward the back, finishing with a tactile impression of extract and an extraordinary sweetness that almost reminded me of the Suduiraut that I tasted just before it. Should go on for decades.

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