Château Climens, 1er Cru Classé, Barsac, 2011

  Château Climens

'Tasting through individual lots, I was struck by their purity and tautness, developing engaging floral aromas with aeration, with occasional notes of yellow plum and ginger. On the palate, once again there is a common theme of purity and crisp acidity, although they alternated between a lighter and a more mellifluous style. One or two significant lots demonstrated enticing spicy notes that define great Climens. There is certainly enormous potential here, one that beckons an intense, vivacious Barsac underpinned by freshness and focus.

The 2011 was picked over five tries in two phases, the first from September 8 to the 21st representing a whopping 82% of the harvest over two tries; the second from September 26 until the 28th comprising over three smaller tries. Although the weather played a critical factor, Berenice Lurton attributed the success of her wine to her limestone soils. 95-97/100`. - Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

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.