2005 Climens Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 375ML

  • WA 97
  • WS 95
  • IWC 94
  • W&S 93
  • WE 92
  • JR 90

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Reg: $49.94

$38.94

This product is
out of stock

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2015
Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Château Climens just soars from the glass with layers of clear honey, marmalade, nectarine and minerals all beautifully carved. The palate is medium-bodied... Tasted blind at the 10-Year On Tasting in Sauternes. The 2005 Château Climens just soars from the glass with layers of clear honey, marmalade, nectarine and minerals all beautifully carved. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh, vibrant honeyed fruit that builds and builds in the mouth in tandem with a killer line of acidity. Even though it is a convincing, great Climens, you also have the impression that it is only just beginning to show what it is capable of. Bérénice Lurton and her team excelled in this vintage and it comes strongly recommended. - Neal Martin
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, March 2008
Toffee dried lemon rind and tropical fruit on the nose. Full-bodied and very sweet with a dense palate of candied fruit and a long sweet finish. Very concentrated. The botrytis spice creeps up on the finish. Best after... Toffee dried lemon rind and tropical fruit on the nose. Full-bodied and very sweet with a dense palate of candied fruit and a long sweet finish. Very concentrated. The botrytis spice creeps up on the finish. Best after 2013. -JS
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2008
Good full golden-yellow. Musky very fresh aromas of crystallized citrus peel minerals and toasted bread. The palate offers incredible sappy concentration and a saline aspect not to mention a penetrating quality rare for... Good full golden-yellow. Musky very fresh aromas of crystallized citrus peel minerals and toasted bread. The palate offers incredible sappy concentration and a saline aspect not to mention a penetrating quality rare for this fruit-driven year. In fact this begins almost light then builds inexorably toward the back finishing with a tactile impression of extract and an extraordinary sweetness that almost reminded me of the Suduiraut that I tasted just before it. Should go on for decades. 94+
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits - Wine & Spirits, October 2008
The deep color implies how richly draped this wine is in botrytis; its exotic scents and complex flavors bear the stamp as well. Honey more honey and a little hazelnut in the end. Voluptuous now this wine's complexity... The deep color implies how richly draped this wine is in botrytis; its exotic scents and complex flavors bear the stamp as well. Honey more honey and a little hazelnut in the end. Voluptuous now this wine's complexity will gain prominence with age.
WE 92
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, June 2008
Intensely rich very perfumed wine full of apples and honey flavors. There is also fresh fruit but the richness dominates showing some dry botrytis flavors to finish.
JR 90
Jancis Robinson - Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, March 2014
Quite subtle, restrained nose. Not as expressive and flamboyant as the 2006, or the 2012. Still impeccably balanced and refined – just not the most complex. 17/20 (RH)
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Barsac
Vintage 2005

Label

This graceful, sweet white wine exhibits the quintessence of Sauternes with balance and freshness, strength and subtlety.

The extraordinary aroma is a perfume of flowers, fruits, spices, and often even a hint of eucalyptus or fresh mint. In their youth the wines are dominated by citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon, citron), fresh fruit and white flowers. Sweet spices and other deeper, confected fruit flavors develop with the passing of time. Whatever the vintage, the wines age slowly, retaining their harmonious blend of sweetness and freshness for decades.

Winery

Climens

Chateau Climens, classified a First Growth in 1855, is in the Sauternes village of Barsac on the left bank of the Garonne where the most prestigious sweet white wines in the world are made. An abundance of limestone surrounds the chateau’s 31 hectares of vines and endows the wines with great freshness for balance and aromatic expression.

The name Climens means ‘unfertile or poor land’ in local dialect. But wine experts—including the winemakers at Chateau Climens—realize that the sandy, iron-rich, red clay, is perfect for Climens’ one and only grape variety: Semillon.

Chateau Climens has a long history spanning several centuries, appearing for the first time on a contract dated 1547. It has belonged to only five families since its origins and the vineyards remain practically unchanged.

In the early 1970s Lucien Lurton, a man passionate about exceptional terroirs and who already owned several classified growths in the Medoc, began taking an interest in the Sauternes region. Won over by the finesse of the Climens wine, he acquired the chateau in 1971. He brought a determined touch of modernity, as well as relentlessly high standards to the domain, while respecting both tradition and the centuries-old savoir-faire in particular.

Lucien's daughter Berenice Lurton took over the chateau in 1992 and has taken great care in perpetuating the magic of Chateau Climens.