2008 - Ch Climens 1er Cru Barsac
Colour
Port_Sweet
Producer
Château Climens
Region
Barsac
Grape
Semillon
Drinking
2016 - 2040
Case size
24x37.5cl

2008 CH CLIMENS 1ER CRU BARSAC - 24x37.5cl

Colour
Port_Sweet
Producer
Château Climens
Region
Barsac
Grape
Semillon
Drinking
2016 - 2040
Case size
24x37.5cl

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Tasting Notes

  • NM3

    Neal Martin, February 2012,
    Score: 93

    Tasted single blind against its peers. This has a very well -defined nose of dried pineapple, quince and vanilla pod that unfolds seductively in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with a mellifluous texture, although there remains some oak that needs to be subsumed into the wine. It displays fine definition towards the finish with impressive length. Always a little curmudgeonly in its youth, this Climens deserves a decade in bottle. Tasted January 2012.

  • NM2

    Neal Martin, May 2011,
    Score: 93

    The 2008 Climens has a “clinical” bouquet with tangerine, grapefruit, pear and apricot that is very pure, but at the moment very tight. The palate is understated on the entry but builds nicely, with viscous honeyed fruit with marmalade, quince and spice. It clams up on the finish like Climens often does in its youth, but there is patently great potential and may merit a higher score in adulthood. Drink now-2040.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2009,
    Score: 92-95

    Tasting through the individual lots with Berenice Lurton, what comes across are the components of a crisp, refreshing, minerally Climens that may not have as much botrytis as previous vintages, but will have a thrilling sense of tension and poise. It was the energy in several lots that enamoured, with subtle white peach and apple-blossom aromas, hints of grapefruit and honeysuckle, the later tries bearing semblances to great Alsace. Great potential: taut, poised and brimming with vim and vigor.

  • RP

    Robert Parker

    Tasting through the individual lots with Berenice Lurton, what comes across are the components of a crisp, refreshing, minerally Climens that may not have as much botrytis as previous vintages, but will have a thrilling sense of tension and poise. It was the energy in several lots that enamoured, with subtle white peach and apple-blossom aromas, hints of grapefruit and honeysuckle, the later tries bearing semblances to great Alsace. Great potential: taut, poised and brimming with vim and vigor.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, April 2009,
    Score: 92-95

    Tasting through the individual lots with Berenice Lurton, what comes across are the components of a crisp, refreshing, minerally Climens that may not have as much botrytis as previous vintages, but will have a thrilling sense of tension and poise. It was the energy in several lots that enamoured, with subtle white peach and apple-blossom aromas, hints of grapefruit and honeysuckle, the later tries bearing semblances to great Alsace. Great potential: taut, poised and brimming with vim and vigor.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2009,
    Score: 18

    The first tri was generally richer and more fruity than the others. My favourite lot was perhaps less concentrated than recent vintages but with a delicate floral character and lovely brightness and elegance. The slightly lower concentration seemed to allow an attractive liveliness. All six lots tasted were quite distinct, some more marked by oak than others, so it's hard to draw a conclusion on how the final blend will taste but this selection of possible components suggests a fresh, bright lightly floral wine, still with excellent intensity and lovely apricot botrytis depth but a little less rich than the 2007 and none the worse for that. (JH)

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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.