2016 Climens Sauternes Blend

Sauternes Blend - 6L
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WA 96 DC 94 VN 94 WS 93
WA 96

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, March 2019

96+ Pale lemon-gold colored, the 2016 Climens is a little youthfully mute, revealing notions of ripe peaches, mango and musk melon with touches of cedar chest, orange blossoms, candied ginger and baking bread. Bursting...
DC 94

Decanter, April 2017

Climens hold blending tastings every few weeks during maturation, and generally the final blend is made in the November of the year after harvest. Climens only needed two 'tries' through the vineyard here, which has been...
VN 94

Vinous, August 2022

The 2016 Climens has a wonderful bouquet similar to my last bottle, more expressive now with orange pith, wild honey and quince. Like before it opens wonderfully in the glass. The palate is very well balanced with fine...
WS 93

Wine Spectator, January 2019

Expressive, with peach, mirabelle plum, mango and pear fruit flavors running along in unison, lacing with light bitter almond and orange notes and a flash of honeysuckle. Best from 2022 through 2038. — JM


Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Barsac
Vintage 2016
Size 6L
Percent alcohol 14%
Closure Cork

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.

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.

The 2016 Climens Sauternes Blend is a notable white wine from the Barsac sub-region of Bordeaux, France. Produced by Climens, this wine is composed of a blend typical of Sauternes, known for its rich, sweet profile. The wine features a 14.0% alcohol content and is sealed with a cork.

A highlight of this vintage is its consistently high ratings from various wine critics. Vinous reviewer Neal Martin praised the wine with a score of 94, noting its "wonderful bouquet" that includes "orange pith, wild honey and quince." He describes it as well-balanced with "fine definition, fresh and vibrant with a creamy honeyed texture, praline and apricot, on the seductive finish," and concludes with a straightforward "Superb."

Another review from Vinous, published earlier in 2017, gave the 2016 Climens a score range of 93-96 points. This review highlights the wine’s complexity, derived from four separate lots. Each lot brought distinct characteristics: "plush and tropical-leaning" from the Nord, "deep and also light on its feet" from the Sud, "precise and aromatically lifted" from the Ouest, and "most concentrated" from the Est. The resultant blend suggested a "magnificent Barsac," showcasing remarkable interplay of components.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate rated the wine 96+, describing it as "pale lemon-gold colored" with subtle initial aromas that evolve into "ripe peaches, mango and musk melon" with hints of "cedar chest, orange blossoms, candied ginger and baking bread." Lisa Perrotti-Brown noted its "vibrant, energetic stone fruit and tropical layers," framed by impressive freshness with a long, creamy finish.

Wine Spectator also provided a commendable review, scoring it 93. They highlighted the expressive nature of the wine, featuring "peach, mirabelle plum, mango and pear fruit flavors" intertwined with "light bitter almond and orange notes and a flash of honeysuckle."

Decanter’s review, scoring it 94, detailed the meticulous production process, including blending tastings and selective harvests. The wine is described as having "smooth citrus fruits with a succulent, velvety rich texture and a beautiful creaminess," accented by "toffee and nut notes" and a "gorgeous focus" with salinity on the finish.

Overall, the 2016 Climens Sauternes Blend is celebrated for its complexity, balance, and vibrant flavors, making it a standout choice for enthusiasts of rich, sweet white wines.