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Chateau Climens 2009

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      13.5% ABV

      Winemaker Notes

      Climens is a wine with a strong and heady character. Sourced from 100% Semillon, this wine spends from 20 to 24 months in French oak barrels resulting in a graceful wine vintage after vintage.

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      RP 97
      Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
      The samples tasted in Southwold were not correct and therefore I requested a bottle to be included in this report that was tasted one week later. Suffice to say, it was completely different and much more representative. Here the 2009 displays a wonderful bouquet of honeysuckle, almond and a hint of creme caramel that is beautifully defined. The palate has a creamy entry with patently a good deal of oak that needs to be subsumed. The balance is just exquisite, the line of acidity perfectly pitched and moreover, there is that paradoxical mixture of weight and levity that makes Climens what it is. The finish blossoms with quince, almond and honey and lingers long in the mouth. This is surely destined to be a top tier Climens that will last the usual decades. Drink 2014-2050.
      WE 96
      Wine Enthusiast
      The superb palate boasts richness, with honey and orange zest notes. It shows fine balance between the flavors of orange jelly and the intense botrytis-driven notes. It has a light, delicate texture and acidity.
      WS 95
      Wine Spectator
      Rounded and broad in feel for now, with richly layered toasted almond, ginger cream, brioche and glazed apple notes that all glide through the viscous finish, where a flash of green tea can be found. This has the buried zip for the long haul, which it will need to assimilate fully. There's lots in reserve. Best from 2015 through 2034. 4,165 cases made.
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      Chateau Climens, Barsac, Bordeaux, France
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      Very early on, the prestigious growth Chateau Climens became known as "Lord of Barsac." Its history is characterized indeed by great by great continuity, which has enabled its owners to get the best out of this exceptional terroir. Only five families have owned the estate from its origins and its surface area in a continuous single vineyard of 74 acres has practically remained unchanged since the 16th century. Guirault Roborel, the king's Attorney General in Barsac inherited it from his father in 1547 and it remained in the hands of his family - who added the name 'Climens' to its own - until the beginning of the 19th century. In 1971, the finesse of Climens wines convinced Lucien Lurton, the owner of several famous classified growths in the Medoc, to purchase the estate. Ever sicne 1992, his daughter Berenice Lurton has taken great care in perpetuating the magic.

      Characterized by dried tropical fruit, candied apricot, citrus and honey, the sweet wines of Barsac are always balanced by a bright beam of acidity. While technically also part of the Sauternes region, Barsac’s sandy and limestone soils produce a lighter version in comparison. Its main grapes are the same: Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Muscadelle.

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