As usual Climens is 100% Semillon. Yields were just 11hl/ha. The harvest started on the 30th of September. The first tries lasted just 3 days and resulted in just 17% of the crop. The recolte re-commenced on the 21st of October. Due to the infamous Sauternes/Barsac fog, we only had time to taste five samples, but our impression was that Climens has produduced some sublime wines of real purity and intensity, with beautifully fresh flavours. 30/9/08 - Very fine, fresh, sweet, beautiful purity. 21/10/08 - Much more intense, sweet, honeyed fruit, tropical fruits, minerals and limes. Very long flavours. Very good fresh acidity. 26/10/08 - Stone fruits, necturines and peaches, creamy texture, full round, mouth coating. Again length of flavours are very impressive. 27/10/08 AM - Even more aromatic, very fine, delicious fruit, very intense , mineral, stunning. 27/10/08 PM - Really honeyed, layers of exotic fruits, fabulous texture, very fresh and long.
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.
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