2011 Climens Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 6L
  • WE 97
  • JS 96
  • WA 94

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WE 97
Wine Enthusiast, May 2015
This is a rich, complex wine, full of dry botrytis that is surrounded by ripe honey. Spice, white peach and green plum jelly give complexity and variety. The acidity at the end is beautiful. The wine is already enticing... This is a rich, complex wine, full of dry botrytis that is surrounded by ripe honey. Spice, white peach and green plum jelly give complexity and variety. The acidity at the end is beautiful. The wine is already enticing but will need many years to develop fully. Drink from 2022.
JS 96
jamessuckling.com, January 2014
A dense, racy, sweet white with dried-apple, apricot and honey character. Full, very sweet and fresh. Tangy, spicy aftertaste. Shows lots of subtle, intense botrytis-spice character on the finish. Better in 2016.
WA 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, June 2016
The 2011 Climens repeated its performance from a few months ago. There is a tangible richness on the nose, touches of honeycomb and chalk infusing the honeyed fruit before those fig-like scents begin to emerge. The palate... The 2011 Climens repeated its performance from a few months ago. There is a tangible richness on the nose, touches of honeycomb and chalk infusing the honeyed fruit before those fig-like scents begin to emerge. The palate is beautifully balanced, unctuous in the mouth with a lovely salinity coming through on the long finish. It is way too young to strut its stuff at the moment, so afford it at least a decade in bottle. Tasted April 2016. - Neal Martin
JJB 98
JJ Buckley, April 2012
100% semillon. Aged in a mix of one-third new 1-year and 2-year old barrels. Climens does not present classic barrel samples as the final assemblage is yet to be determined. But we did taste a number of parcels six... 100% semillon. Aged in a mix of one-third new 1-year and 2-year old barrels. Climens does not present classic barrel samples as the final assemblage is yet to be determined. But we did taste a number of parcels six samples representing six different tries or harvest days directly from barrel. Each portion highlighted a different profile ranging from clean bright and fresh to richer and more textured. #1 - Sept. 8: Exotic and ripe tropical notes with an emphasis on elegance and freshness. Pure and vibrant. #2 - Sept. 12: Showing more depth concentration and richness verging on honey with more noticeable spice. 3# - Sept. 15: Hitting more marmalade and citrus rind flavors with moderate weight spice and fresh acidity. #4 - Sept. 18: Represents 40% of the harvest. A deeper gold color than earlier samples showing lots of spice and honey with vibrant citrus and mineral characters and a slightly fat and nutty element. Superb complexity. #5 -Sept. 21: Brilliant yellow gold color. Marzipan and orange rind. Mouthwatering really rich and buttery with coconut crème and lemon curd flavors. #6 - Sept. 28: Returning to a leaner profile and more citrus elements plus clementine floral and vanilla bean flavors all while showing a rich nutty character that expresses bright citrus and mineral notes. Symmetry on all levels with not one sample evidently out of proportion or balance. One can only imagine the potential of the final blend but based on these samples this promises to be a truly outstanding wine that will last for decades to come.
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Barsac
Vintage 2011

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.