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2011 Château Climens (750ml)
Producer: Château Climens lucienlurton.com
Appellation: Barsac - Sauternes - France (1er Cru Classé)
Type: sweet white
Varietal: Sémillon
Maturity: Hold
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: n/a
Related Ratings:
tasted (2006 vintage, 375ml bottle) : February 15, 2011 , from a member
4.5 stars "Great"
rated (2005 vintage, 750ml bottle) : August 9, 2006 , Decanter decanter.com
5 stars "A five-star wine in the making. The final 'assemblage' was not made, so one could only taste elements of the wine. But even from this, the exceptional quality was clear. The total crop was 24 hl/ha; nearly twice the average for 1995-2004. This is indicative of the exceptional conditions in the vineyard throughout the harvesting. My notes keep retuning to words like intensity and freshness of the perfume, citrus/pineapple aroma, enormous, rich flavours with long, lingering freshness, finesse and sweetness and acidity balance."
rated (2005 vintage, 375ml bottle) : March 23, 2009 , Robert Parker erobertparker.com
97 points "Toffee, dried lemon rind and tropical fruit on the nose. Full-bodied and very sweet, with a dense palate of candied fruit and a long, sweet finish. Very concentrated. The botrytis spice creeps up on the finish. Best after 2013. 2,300 cases made." (WS) $145-$170) Good full golden-yellow. Musky, very fresh aromas of crystallized citrus peel, minerals and toasted bread. The palate offers incredible sappy concentration and a saline aspect, not to mention a penetrating quality rare for this fruit-driven year. In fact, this begins almost light, then builds inexorably toward the back, finishing with a tactile impression of extract and an extraordinary sweetness that almost reminded me of the Suduiraut that I tasted just before it. Should go on for decades. (IWC)"