Château Climens, 1er Cru Classé, Barsac, Loose, 1986

  Château Climens

"A totally compelling Climens and to my mind, every bit as good as the 1988, the 1986 is probably the best Climens made since their spectacular 1971. It is still light gold in color, with an expansive bouquet of new oak, oranges, pineapples, and other tropical fruits. In the mouth, the great richness seems all the more impressive because of the wine's remarkable clarity and definition. There is as much botrytis in the 1986 as in the 1988. Despite the intensity and extract levels, this sweet wine comes across as crisp and relatively light. The 1986 is a stunning example of Climens at its very best. "

96/100 - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 1993

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 Type: Semillon

Semillon is generally blended with the aromatic Sauvignon Blanc in Bordeaux to produce the fine dry whites of Pessac-Leognan in the Graves, which are often barrel-fermented. It 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 and long-lived sweet wines in the world. The most renowned example is Château d'Yquem, although there are a plethora of estates throughout the region whose wines come close in quality. On its own, it is responsible for some of Australia's most individual full-bodied dry whites from the hot Hunter Valley.