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 is an exceptional white wine hailing from the renowned Bordeaux region in France. This Sauternes Blend showcases the expertise of the renowned producer, Climens, and the unique terroir of the Barsac sub-region. With its elegant label and cork closure, this wine exudes sophistication from the moment you lay eyes on it.

In the glass, the 2016 Climens displays a beautiful pale lemon-gold color that catches the light and hints at the vibrant flavors within. On the nose, it offers a wonderful bouquet that has evolved since its release, now revealing expressive notes of orange pith, wild honey, and quince. As you continue to explore, you'll find additional layers of apricot, praline, and a creamy honeyed texture that captivate the senses.

On the palate, this wine truly shines. It is impeccably balanced with fine definition and a fresh, vibrant character that enlivens the taste buds. The interplay of flavors is exquisite, with tropical fruit and stone fruit notes taking center stage. Ripe peaches, mango, and musk melon dance alongside touches of cedar chest, orange blossoms, and candied ginger. The finish is seductive, leaving a lasting impression of creaminess and elegance.

Critics have been lavish in their praise of the 2016 Climens. Neal Martin of Vinous awarded it an impressive 94 points, describing it as "superb" and highlighting its fine balance and seductive finish. Lisa Perrotti-Brown, also from Vinous, awarded it 96 points, remarking on its fantastic freshness and vibrant layers of stone fruit and tropical flavors.

Decanter magazine was equally captivated by this wine, noting its smooth citrus fruits, succulent texture, and beautiful creaminess. The homogeneity of quality across various lots was impressive, and the overall impression was one of elegance and finesse.

With a recommended aging potential of at least a few years, the 2016 Climens is a wine that will continue to evolve and reveal even more complexity over time. It is a true gem from Bordeaux, showcasing the artistry and craftsmanship that goes into every bottle. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for future enjoyment, this wine is sure to impress even the most discerning wine enthusiast.