- Château Climens
- 2000 - 2020
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Robert Parker, 1998,
Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition (1998) Drink 1994-2015The 1988 reveals layer upon layer of honeyed pineapple-and orange-scented and -flavored fruit, vibrant acidity, high levels of botrytis, and a fabulously long, yet well-focused finish. It is a great wine. Anticipated maturity: now-2015. Last tasted 11/94
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.