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Château Climens, Barsac, Bordeaux, 750ml - 2014

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Château Climens makes one of France’s most admired sweet white dessert wines. Located in Barsac, the 74-acre estate is noted for its extraordinary terroir on the highest plateau in the region. Château Climens makes Sauternes that consistently win rave reviews and it is a First Growth of the Sauternes-Barsac. Robert M. Parker Jr. has written that Château Climens “produces the region’s most compellingly elegant wine.” Though the château has been making wines for several centuries, since 1971 it has been owned by the Lurton family, which also owns numerous other estates in Bordeaux. Unlike some producers of Sauternes who use a blend of several white grapes, Climens is made from 100% Semillon. The estate’s high location means it gets a mix of moist and sunny weather making ideal conditions for Botrytis Cinerea, or so-called noble rot, the fungus that causes ripe grapes to sweeten enough to be used for Sauternes. About 25,000 bottles are produced annually.

"This delivers wave after wave of piecrust, dried pineapple, warm marmalade, singed almond, glazed peach and apricot flavors, with a hint of brioche. Despite the heft, this has a breezy feel within, thanks to riveting acidity buried deep on the finish. Best from 2020 through 2040." (JM) (3/2017)

97 points Wine Spectator