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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Bright green-tinged yellow. Fine, highly nuanced nose combines yellow plum, peach, grapefruit, vanilla and toast, along with cooler menthol and mineral notes. Very bright and very young; not yet showing its flesh. Not especially sweet, even for Barsac, with a reported 49 g/l r.s. Currently the flavors are dominated by new oak scents of toffee and vanilla (the wine was aged in 50% new barrels, compared to a typical 33%). Should eventually merit a 90-plus rating, but this wine is developing very slowly.
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