- Château Climens
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Goedhuis, April 2014,
A tasting at this glorious property with Berenice Lurton, the Château’s delightful owner, is always something very special. Tasting cask by cask one can really see the stages of botrytic development in the vineyard. This is a sensational wine, with immense harmony and grace. The purity of sweet caramelised orange flavours is quite sensational. It is elegant and beautifully long. This wine is heading towards complete perfection in my eyes.
Neal Martin, April 2014,
Cropped at ten hectoliters per hectare, this represents the first certified organic Chateau Climens. As usual, I have to conjecture how the final blend will manifest itself, a task becoming easier now that I have tasted through individual lots for several years. Clearly, the first tries contain zesty citrus fruit with crisp acidity and strong botrytis character, the second tries lending the structure and the Barsac/Climens character. I noticed a "marine" influence on the final tries picked on October 21 and 23, although here there is a slight attenuation. Putting all this together, I foresee an assured, perhaps slightly lighter but tensile Climens, with the more heavily botrytized fruit delivered toward the end. Quality is certainly on par with a very good vintage, the most impressive lots destined to form major components of the final blend. This ought to be a classic Climens.
Jancis Robinson, April 2014,
There is plenty of botrytic influence on display, and quite a muscular structure too. The texture is chewy and pithy with flavours ranging from floral to lemon and apple fruit with treacle and golden syrup sweetness throughout. The samples display plenty of acidity, and there is no question the component parts have all the makings of great Sauternes. This mark is likely to be conservative, then, assuming that the blending is done as well as can be expected from this estate. (RH)
Château Climens is one of the most sought after sweet wines in the world. Located in Barsac next to Sauternes, only 5 families have owned the Château since its inception in 1547. It was rated 1er Cru in the original Sauternes classification with other neighbouring estates such as Rieussec, Suduiraut and La Tour Blanche; however, it is generally regarded as the best of the bunch though it is slightly lesser known. In 1971, it was bought by Lucien Lurton, and it is run by his youngest daughter Bérénice since 1992. Produced mostly from Semillon, it is known for its refined elegance, ethereal touch and notable complexity.
It is not an exaggeration to say that these are the greatest sweet wines in the world. They are the result of a serendipitous marriage of grape variety, location, annual weather conditions and human care and determination. The vineyards are located on the banks of the cool spring-fed Ciron river which, in autumn, flows into the warmer tidal Garonne and creates rolling evening mists which clothe the vines until the afternoon sun burns them off the following day. This cycle creates perfect conditions for the development of botrytis cinerea or noble rot, and the resulting grape juice is a super concentrated sweet, ambrosial nectar which makes the most heavenly and complex wines with extraordinary ability to age. In 1855 the wines were classified into first and second growths, with Ch d'Yquem rightly receivingits own super status of premier grand cru. Other stunning wines include Chx Sudiraut, Rieussec, Coutet and Climens. While seductively fragrant and sweet when young, if you can bear to wait, you will be amply rewarded with lusciously rich, exotically complex wine.