I was looking for the holiday season for great dessert wines this year when I stumbled on this absolute bombshell Barsac from Chateau Climens and locked to everything I could (which turned out to be a measly 24 bottles). However, I’m lucky I got that, because as far as Sauternes goes, this is every bit as good as any I’ve had in a while.
There’s a reason that Chateau Climens is 1er Cru and famously dubbed, “Lord of Barsac”. The quality and precision that goes into the entire operation is truly stunning and the reason the legendary estate continues to make phenomenal Sauternes.
The 2015 Climens is killer and I believe it to just now be starting to hit its stride. Absolutely juicy with tropical notes of sweet tangerine and papaya with finishes of honey and lemon pudding. It’s vibrant and tight with a wonderful lingering finish. I’m telling you, this is an absolute knockout.
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98 Points, Decanter
This stands out from the rest – white flowers, bitter orange, mandarin and smoked caramel are met at every step by lift and tension. A beautiful wine that keeps on delivering. Drinking Window 2020 – 2040
97 Points, Wine Spectator
Gorgeous, offering a range of orange, almond and brioche notes backed by lively citrus oil, green tea and ginger accents. Rich but tightly coiled nonetheless, with lots of energy lying in reserve on the finish. Needs some time. Best from 2022 through 2045.
97 Points, James Suckling
This great Barsac is just beginning to open up and not only has incredibly fine mango, papaya and star-fruit character but also something mineral. Great concentration and textural complexity right from the tip of your tongue to the end of the extremely long, very pure finish. You can enjoy this now, but I recommend cellaring it as long as you can, because this has at least 50 years of ageing potential!