2009 Climens Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 750ML
  • WA 97
  • JL 97
  • DC 97
  • WE 96
  • VN 96
  • WS 95
  • JR 95

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WA 97
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2019
97+ 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... 97+ 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. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown
JL 97
TheWineCellarInsider.com, December 2012
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... 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. Read more at:https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/wine-tasting-note/?vintage=2009&wine=Chateau%20Climens
DC 97
Decanter,
Rich and opulent, but the Barsac terroir keeps it reined in. Exotic fruit notes, baked apple and confit fruit. Pure, velvety and unctuous but with a bite of citrus zest freshness coming in behind. Biodynamic estate.
WE 96
Wine Enthusiast, February 2013
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.
VN 96
Vinous, March 2019
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... 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. -- Neal Martin
WS 95
Wine Spectator, March 2012
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... 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. -JM
JR 95
Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, March 2014
Opulent, fragrant and wonderfully indulgent. Spearmint and preserved lemon and spice. Marvellous, potent stuff – really speaks of the vintage – and incredible length. 18.5/20 (RH)
JJB 90
JJ Buckley, January 2012
100% semillon. Full bodied and richly textured but pleasant nonetheless. Flavors of tangerines and ripe cantaloupe are very present. The complex bouquet is quite fragrant and powerful.
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Barsac
Vintage 2009
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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.