Château Climens, 1er Cru Classé, Barsac, 2007

  Château Climens

Pale to mid-gold in colour, aromatically very expressive on the nose with oaky hints and plenty of creamy texture; explosive on the palate, soaked in a buttery richness and so smooth across the tongue; very sweet but buoyed up by underlying freshness, lots of minerals, wonderful balance. This elegant, sumptuous wine is a must for Sauternes fans. (A memorable tasting experience, served from barrels that show the remarkable differences not between different varieties (100% Semillon at Climens) but between the earlier and later harvested grapes. The freshness of the earlier barrels is then blended magnificently with the richness of the later barrels to give an impression of the likely final blend of Climens 2007.)

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Climens

This Chateau dates back to the 16th century and is generally regarded as the finest estate in Barsac and one of the great sweet wines produced anywhere in the world. Purchased by Lucien Lurton in 1971, it is now run by Bérénice Lurton. The vineyards are planted exclusively with Semillon on a gravel and sand over limestone and clay soils. Although there is only on grape variety, Bérénice doesn’t hurry the assemblage; when we taste each April, we don’t taste a final blend, rather we taste from individual barrels which are fermented and aged plot by plot and trie by trie.

Appellation: Barsac

It is a region on the other side of the Ciron from the even bigger and more famous Sauternes district. Wines produced within Barsac are also entitled to use the appellation Sauternes.

The wines are considered more elegant than those of Sauternes. Climens and Doisy-Daëne are some of the leading producers

Grape Blend: Semillon | Sauvignon Blanc

Semillon is blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce the great sweet botrytis-affected wines of Bordeaux in Sauternes and Barsac, the Sauvignon adds aroma, fruit and freshness to the rich fleshy Semillon. Semillon is at its most illustrious in the humid atmosphere of Sauternes and Barsac, where it is susceptible to Botrytis rot, which helps concentrate the fruit sugars, acids and flavours, producing some of the most luscious, sweet long-lived wines in the world. The most renowned example is Château d'Yquem, though there are a plethora of estates throughout the region whose wines come close in quality.