1997 - Ch Climens 1er Cru Barsac
Colour
Port_Sweet
Producer
Château Climens
Region
Barsac
Grape
Semillon
Drinking
2005 - 2023
Case size
24x37.5cl
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1997 CH CLIMENS 1ER CRU BARSAC - 24x37.5cl

Colour
Port Sweet
Producer
Château Climens
Region
Barsac
Grape
Semillon
Drinking
2005 - 2023
Case size
24x37.5cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £932.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 1999,
    Score: 90-94

    Consistently one of the most profound wines of Barsac/Sauternes, this wine, made from 100% Semillon, is one of the most ravishing examples of just how much elegance can be built into a powerful race horse style of wine. The classic 1997 Climens boasts gorgeously pure pineapple, citrus, butter, mineral, and floral scents in its soaring aromatics. While it is not a blockbuster, it is medium to full-bodied, with extraordinary precision, elegance, and purity. This slightly sweet Climens should drink well young, but evolve nicely for 15-30 years. It is unquestionably a high-class Barsac. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, April 2000,
    Score: 94

    Wine Advocate #128 (Apr 2000) Drink 2003-2025Consistently one of the most profound wines of Barsac/Sauternes, this wine, made from 100% Semillon, is one of the most ravishing examples of just how much elegance can be built into a powerful race horse style of wine. The classic 1997 Climens boasts gorgeously pure pineapple, citrus, butter, mineral, and floral scents in its soaring aromatics. While it is not a blockbuster, it is medium to full-bodied, with extraordinary precision, elegance, and purity. This slightly sweet Climens should drink well young, but evolve nicely for 15-30 years. It is unquestionably a high-class Barsac. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2025. (No tasting note was provided in Issue 128. We have instead included the text of the tasting note from Issue 122)

  • CC

    Clive Coates, December 2004,
    Score: -

    The Vine Dec 2004Mid-gold colour. Dry, somewhat vegetalnose. This is not what it should be. Mediumweight. Far too old and dried out. A badbottle.

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Producer

Château Climens

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.

Region

Barsac

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.