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2006 Chateau Climens Barsac (half bottle)

Winery: Chateau Climens
Style: Sweet Wine
Varietal: Semillon
Region: Bordeaux
Size: 375 ml
Price: $57.98 Add to Cart

SKU# B06-101

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Chateau Climens Barsac

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: 94 points
Merchant Reviews
95-96 POINTS

"The Climens '06 is adorned with a rich nose with tangerine, apricot and barley sugar, with moderate concentration and perhaps not the delineation of the other Sauternes 06s. The palate is medium-bodied with a rounded entry, very peachy with touches of Clementine and tangerine, forward, generous but lacking the profundity one would expect. However, returning to my sample after thirty minutes, this is rapidly gaining more finesse, beautiful balance and a mellifluous texture leading to a very precise finish."

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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Full gold with orange highlights. Fruit salad and floral aromas, along with sexy oak tones of nuts, marzipan, spices, vanilla and toasted almond. Enticing, opulent and concentrated, with lovely inner-mouth aromatic quality and bright acids to frame the sweet fruit salad flavors. Finishes with a restrained sweetness and lovely lift and perfume. This very long and aromatic wine boasts a tight, chewy core of fruits and spices and very good energy on the back end. But it's also remarkably easy to taste today.

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