2009 Chateau Climens 375 ml

Year: 2009
Appellation: Barsac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 97+
Vinous Media: 96
Wine Enthusiast: 96
Jeff Leve: 97
Dessert Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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"Rounded and broad in feel for now, with richly layered toasted almond, ginger cream, brioche and glazed apple notes that all glide through the viscous finish, where a flash of green tea can be found. This has the buried zip for the long haul, which it will need to assimilate fully. There's lots in reserve. Best from 2015 through 2034. 4,165 cases made. -JM" (WS)

"Pale gold, the 2009 Climens offers up a fabulously fragrant nose of green tea, chamomile, powdered ginger, lemon marmalade and fallen leaves with suggestions of spice cake and preserved mandarin peel. The palate is super intense with vibrant, energetic fruit and layer upon layer of perfume and spice nuances, finishing very long and incredibly youthful." (WA)

"The 2009 Climens has a clean and pure bouquet with honey and brioche aromas, like pure sunlight! The palate is fresh and crisp with superb botrytised fruit. Great tension and a dash of ginger and lemongrass spice up the detailed finish. This is a Climens that is only just beginning to demonstrate what is capable of. Bon vin! Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting." (VM)

"Cellar Selection, The superb palate boasts richness, with honey and orange zest notes. It shows fine balance between the flavors of orange jelly and the intense botrytis-driven notes. It has a light, delicate texture and acidity. -Roger Voss " (WE)

"Beautiful attention seeking aromas of fresh picked flowers, grilled nuts, vanilla, honey coated tropical fruit, orange rind and melon were all over the place. Concentrated with gobs of lush, ripe, sweet, honeyed, over ripe tropical fruit, with great acidity, this was a treat to end the night with. 6849 Views Tasted Dec 11, 2012" (JL)

Winery Notes:
Chateau Climens today, and over the past decade or two, has become one of the most popular producers of Sauternes wines. Located in the commune of Barsac, Climens is planted on perfect terroir to produce great sweet, Bordeaux wine. The terroir with its soggy, damp, morning weather, and massive amount of limestone is exactly how the estate got its name. In fact, when Climens is translated from the local dialect, the definition means, infertile, poor land.

Chateau Climens has a long history in the Bordeaux wine region. It dates all the way back to back to 1547. Skipping ahead a few centuries to the 1855 Classification, not only was Climens given a status that was only bested by Chateau d’Yquem, that same year, the estate was purchased that same year by Henri Gounouilhou.

It remained the property of the Gounouilhou family until 1971, when Lucien Lurton of Chateau Brane Cantenac bought the property. Lucien Lurton purchased Château Doisy Dubroca in 1971 as well. Starting in 1992, Climens has been managed by his daughter Berenice Lurton, who was only 22 years old at the time.

The 28.3 hectare Barsac vineyard of Chateau Climens is planted to 100% Semillon grapes. On average, the vines are 35 years of age. At one time, there was a minor amount of Muscadelle planted. However, after the Lurton family purchased the estate in 1972, those vines were removed. The terroir is extremely chalky and filled with limestone, sand and clay soils on the Barsac plateau. This is a perfect fit for the Semillon grape. Even though the vineyard can be subdivided into 20 different parcels, the vineyard is one large block on the peak of the plateau of Barsac.