Château Climens, 1er Cru Classé, Barsac, 2009

  Château Climens

A 100% Semillon with 130g/l of residual sugar so on the lighter side of the Sauternes sugar spectrum but one of the finest and most intense examples there is. In her 17 years as owner Bérénice Lurton has never seen such a quick development of botrytis in such a short space of time and never has she seen picking of whole bunches without any “tries.” 90 percent of the grapes were picked in 8 days. We tasted about 12 individual lots that make up the core of the blend and the individual elements suggest something very special, our notes ranged from - very concentrated tight packed bursting droplets of lemon and wild honey flavours, fresh picked flowers, limes, white grapefruit, touches of quince and apricot, complex shades of limestone, salt and mineral, deeply complex but incredibly fine and nuanced, wonderful finesse and balance.

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.