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Chateau Climens (375ML half-bottle) 2005

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      RP 97
      Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
      Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Château Climens just soars from the glass with layers of clear honey, marmalade, nectarine and minerals all beautifully carved. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh, vibrant honeyed fruit that builds and builds in the mouth in tandem with a killer line of acidity. Even though it is a convincing, great Climens, you also have the impression that it is only just beginning to show what it is capable of. Bérénice Lurton and her team excelled in this vintage and it comes strongly recommended.
      WS 95
      Wine Spectator
      Toffee, dried lemon rind and tropical fruit on the nose. Full-bodied and very sweet, with a dense palate of candied fruit and a long, sweet finish. Very concentrated. The botrytis spice creeps up on the finish.
      CG 94
      Connoisseurs' Guide
      There was a time when the best of Barsac would not achieve the heavily concentrated character found in wines from the heart of Sauternes, but, as this wine so handsomely shows, such is no longer the case. Its intensely honeyed, golden apple and ripe peach aromas are nicely complemented by nutty notes of botrytis, and the wine's thick, rich flavors follow perfectly in suit. Still, this wine is too young and direct to be more than a sugary cameo of what it will become over time, and we very much urge you to let it age into the layered perfection that surely lies ahead.
      WE 92
      Wine Enthusiast
      Intensely rich, very perfumed wine, full of apples and honey flavors. There is also fresh fruit, but the richness dominates, showing some dry botrytis flavors to finish.
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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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