Bordeaux

2016 Climens

$1,068.00
6 x 750ml
The 2016 Climens was tasted from the 12 different lots that will go into the Grand Vin, with some selected from the Deuxième Vin, Cyprès de Climens. As usual, I had to assemble them in my mind and relate commonalities, though at a négoçiant a week later I re-tasted four preprepared micro-blends. I found much elegance this year. It is not a powerful Climens in the making and even with the higher alcohol lots that reached 14.9%, you could not feel any warmth and the wines maintained the tension. Some lots displayed saline finishes, perhaps a little more than usual. Perhaps the most important factor was just how "Barsac" they all tasted. Sometimes some lots can taste more Sauternes-like in style, but not this year. Read more
Critic Reviews
Expert Review
96 POINTS
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate

The 2016 Climens was tasted from the 12 different lots that will go into the Grand Vin, with some selected from the Deuxième Vin, Cyprès de Climens. As usual, I had to assemble them in my mind and relate commonalities, though at a négoçiant a week later I re-tasted four preprepared micro-blends. I found much elegance this year. It is not a powerful Climens in the making and even with the higher alcohol lots that reached 14.9%, you could not feel any warmth and the wines maintained the tension. Some lots displayed saline finishes, perhaps a little more than usual. Perhaps the most important factor was just how "Barsac" they all tasted. Sometimes some lots can taste more Sauternes-like in style, but not this year.

Expert Review
96 POINTS
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW - Wine Advocate

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 in the mouth with vibrant, energetic stone fruit and tropical layers, it is framed by fantastic freshness, finishing long and creamy.

Expert Review
94 POINTS
Antonio Galloni MW - Vinous

I tasted the 2016 Climens from four separate lots identified by location, harvest dates, alcohol, residual sugar and the percentage each lot represents of the harvest. The four wines were remarkably different. The Nord was both plush and tropical-leaning, yet with notable freshness, while the Sud managed to be both deep and also light on its feet. I found the Ouest to be the most precise and aromatically lifted of the samples, while the Est was the most concentrated. A simple, impromptu blend of the four lots suggests the 2016 Climens is shaping up to be a magnificent Barsac. The interplay of the various components is quite remarkable.

Expert Review
93 POINTS
James Molesworth - Wine Spectator

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

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Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2016 Les Cyprès de Climens has a simpler bouquet than the La Clotte Cazalis, coming across more Germanic and slightly petrolly, though it seems well defined and shows good intensity. The palate is viscous and honeyed, with white chocolate and quince infusing the honeyed fruit. It is just missing a bit of complexity and tension on the finish, as if the warmth of the growing season snubs out its personality. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.

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Neal Martin - Vinous

The 2016 Les Cyprès de Climens has a simpler bouquet than the La Clotte Cazalis, coming across more Germanic and slightly petrolly, though it seems well defined and shows good intensity. The palate is viscous and honeyed, with white chocolate and quince infusing the honeyed fruit. It is just missing a bit of complexity and tension on the finish, as if the warmth of the growing season snubs out its personality. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting.

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Jean-Marc Quarin - Jean-Marc QUARIN

Couleur jaune vert. Nez intense, fruité et fin. Superbe entrée en bouche ample où le vin se développe sur un exceptionnel soyeux, avec beaucoup de goût, vers une finale longue et complexe. C’est délicieux. 17/20

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Jancis Robinson MW

Tasted blind. Sweet and polished. Smell of polish with a dry finish and racy and great greenness underneath. Put together rather than obviously and immediately gorgeous. Creamy texture, intense and long. But not together yet. Apricots. Drink 2023-2040    18/20

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Technical Attributes
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Tasting Notes

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 definition, fresh and vibrant with a creamy honeyed texture, praline and apricot, on the seductive finish. Superb. Tasted at the Climens vertical at the château in April 2022.Neal Martin, Vinous 94 Points

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Winemakers Note

Climens: The refined "Lord of Barsac" Undisputable worldwide icon of sweet wines, the « Lord of Barsac » is ideally located on the most draining part of the appellation, where the limestone is outcropping under the clayey sands. The wine is known for its purity and its singular dazzle and unequalled consistency. Its 31-hectare vineyard has the double characteristic of being a single block, particularly rare in Bordeaux and in Sauternes, and planted with a single grape variety: the Sémillon. This varietal acquires on this terroir a particularly bright, refined and complex character, providing Climens an incomparable elegance. The preservation and the expression of this incomparable terroir have been carefully maintained over the centuries by the families in charge. In 2010, Bérénice Lurton makes an bold move to biodynamics; today it is the only First Classified Growth to be Biodynamics certified. In 2022, Bérénice Lurton decided to sell a majority stake to the Moitry family.

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International Marketplace Product: Estimated dispatch from Sydney warehouse: June 30th, 2024


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