2003 Climens - 1er Cru 750ml

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2003 Climens - 1er Cru
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Reviews For This Wine


 
International Wine Cellar | 92(+?)

($73-$100) Medium yellow. Reticent, spicy nose opens slowly to reveal apricot, orange and caramel. Fat, silky and sweet, with the sheer concentration to support its substantial alcohol. Quite unctuous for Climens, with an almost confectionery quality to the fruit. Comes across as less firm than usual for a young Climens, but then today the wine's structure is buried beneath its opulence and baby fat.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 127

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5

TA 3.6 g/l (sulphuric), RS 162 g/l.Rich, sweet honeyed orange marmalade aromas. Exotically spiced, highly spiced. Very sweet, even on the finish though the spice adds zest so that it is not cloying. Exotic, infinitely rich, dense and viscous. Enormous but still with such pure fruit on the very long finish. Extraordinary to retain freshness within such an intense wine.  (JH)

Drink Dates: 2013-2040
Author: Julia Harding MW


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Wine Advocate | 97

2003 is a rich, sweet vintage of powerful, full-bodied wines that possess huge levels of glycerin, alcohol, and residual sugar.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 164

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Wine Spectator | 96

Loads of honey, maple syrup, dried apricot and spice. Full-bodied, medium-sweet, with a refined, spicy character. Pretty wine. Masses of botrytis. This is refined and long, a racy wine compared with the power and muscle of so many others. Beauty among the beasts. 2,300 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2012+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 93
Author: fabioota
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 12/19/2011
Score: 89
Author: Jeane Malfeasance
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 10/01/2010
ah Sauternes! not for me are you. too sweet. i never knew. wish you well with another. as for me, pinot is my lover.

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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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