2001 Climens - 1er Cru 750ml

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2001 Climens - 1er Cru
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International Wine Cellar | 94(+?)

($150-$200) Medium yellow. Reticent, liqueur-like aromas of yellow plum, vineyard peach, spices, white flowers and menthol. Impeccably balanced and impressively structured, with its new oak component to the fore. But this extremely bright, intense, focused wine possesses a strong core of spicy, botrytized fruit. Finishes with terrific fruit and an almost tannic firmness. Like so many of these 2001s, give this long aeration if you plan to taste a bottle any time soon.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 115

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Jancis Robinson | 19

So massive and unctuous yet with great freshness. Wonderful stuff with a slightly burnt edge. Great complexity. Long. Brava!

Drink Dates: 2012-2030
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 99

The Climens 2001 has always possessed a deliriously complex and intense bouquet that is beautifully defined: dried quince and marmalade, honeycomb and antique furniture. There is an inchoate, resinous element that will surely surface over the next decade or so. This is a bouquet that demands attention and in this blind tasting, sticks out from the crowd, a sui generis. Since I last tasted it, the palate has opened up and is beginning to pump on all cylinders. It is wonderfully balanced with fabulous intensity and a long, citrus-tinged finish that is utterly beguiling. As Kate Bush once sang: "Wow".

Drink Dates: 2014-2040
Author: Neal Martin
Issue: 215

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Wine Spectator | 97

Loads of orange peel and dried apricots on the nose here. Full-bodied, with a wild and exciting palate. Sweet yet racy. Electrifying. Great class and elegance. One of the best Climens I have tasted.

Drink Dates: 2010+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 100
Author: JDF1960
Trust Rating: 87
Tasted On: 05/26/2009
Drink Dates: 2010-2040
Score: 95
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2021-2036+
A spectacular nose of dried pineapple, spicy vanilla, pinto beans, and wax. Well balanced with sufficient acidity despite the wine's extreme sweetness. Finish is quite long but the flavors (pineapple and some oak) are rather simple at present. The only question in regard to this wine is its price ? mature vintages of Climens can be had for 40% less. 100% S?millon aged in 60% new oak barrels.
More Vintages and Sizes of Climens - 1er Cru:

1997 (750ml)

About This Producer


Chateau Climens is a case study in meticulous tradition (only five families have owned the estate since its origins). Owned by the Roborel family from the 15th century through the late 20th century, this Barsac chateau (known as the "Lord of Barsac") produces some of the best sweet wines in the world. Ironically, its name translates to "unfertile" or "poor land" - quite the paradox for this Premier Cru vineyard! Changes in winemaking at Climens occurred only when new methods proved themselves effective in improving the quality of the wine. The estate was taken over by the Lurton family (who own almost a dozen chateaux in Bordeaux) in 1971, with the cellar master, Christian Broustat, remaining the same. Another example of Climens's seamless tradition is Broustat's background as a third generation winemaker. Climens's 100% Semillon vineyard is known for producing wines with a fruity bouquet (pear and apricot), fine levels of acidity, finesse, and balance. After the grapes are hand-harvested and fermented, the wines are aged in oak for 18 to 24 months. Climens is typically one of the first wineries to harvest as botrytis strikes here early in the season. With proper care and storage, these wines can age for 50 to 100 years. The estate's second wine is known as Cypres de Climens.

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