Bérénice Lurton refuses to submit a sample of a wine which is not the final blend, so I tasted nine different elements: two from the first trie or selection, three from the second trie, one third trie, one mixed assemblage from the first and third pickings, and one from the first and fourth. The impression was of an incredible mosaic of contrasting yet complementary elements, combining great concentration (mostly wonderfully perfumed) with beautifully unctuous textures and complex fruit flavours, often very honeyed; all marked by a glorious freshness and purity. Residual sugar levels are around 150g at present. It is hard to imagine much better wine than this. 5 stars. Score: 19.5 Decanter Magazine, Decanter.com
As one does I tasted at least nine different casks picked on different days and at different times. Each in their own way was very exciting, all had wonderful fragrance some had power and some had more racy elegance. I finished up with what Bérénice felt might be a possible blend although it is in her view too early to finalise. It was lovely; the complexity of candied peel and rich apricot underpinned by fragrant lemon a wine with great length of flavour. 2016-2035. Score: 92-96 Derek Smedley MW
As usual, no finished blend of this wine was available for tasting. Instead we tasted five different possible ingredients, and this year a first possible pre-assemblage blend - one of 39 pre-assemblages. It is truly sobering to think how much wine must be expectorated before Bérénice Lurton and her team are happy to bottle a final blend. The most thrilling was a sample picked on 17 Oct as part of the relatively big second trie, or passage through the vineyard. It had a heady aroma of hazelnuts and was amazingly substantial in terms of both body and richness, the keynote of the best 2007 Sauternes. A slightly dry finish (something evident on the Yquem 2007 too) but so fascinating in terms of its array of elements. The wines from the first trie were much lighter and simpler but had great clarity and freshness while the third trie’s produce seemed lighter than the second too. But overall, this should be a very promising year for Climens. Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com
Multiple tastings of barrels and two micro-blends with Bérénice Lurton at the château and each one more breathtaking than the last! An intensely minerally nose with astounding delineation and poise with hints of wild honey, orange-blossom and a little almond. The palate displays brilliant balance, so much so that the 150-160gms/L residual is barely noticeable. A sublime viscous, honeyed, peach-tinged finish that leaves the palate tingling with glee. To quote my own words: ..it encapsulates everything you love about Sauternes... Bravo Bérénice. Drink 2010-2050+ Tasted April 2008 Score: 98-100 Wine Advocate


SKU 5011
Brand Climens
Shipping Weight 1.3333kg
Unit Of Measure ea

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