2005 Climens - 1er Cru 375ml

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2005 Climens - 1er Cru
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International Wine Cellar | 91-95

Full yellow-gold color. Flamboyant aromas of apricot, five-spice powder, flowers and smoky oak. Glyceral, fat and exotic, with mirabelle, honeyed apricot and spice flavors of great richness. There's something here that reminds me of plum wine. Seems to gain in fat and glyceral texture as it opens in the glass, with an emerging saline element contributing to the impression of chewiness. Finishes wonderfully thick, spicy and long, with compelling sweetness. This should evolve slowly over a period of decades.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue Online Only

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Jancis Robinson | 18.5+

TA 3 g/l (sulphuric), RS 168 g/l.Highly spiced but also a little floral. Intense bitter orange, highly concentrated, very rich and thick and mouth-filling and less fresh than some vintages but still balanced in a richer, more rounded and powerful style. Needs more age to add complexity and balance that richness.  (JH)

Drink Dates: 2014-2040
Author: Julia Harding MW


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Wine Advocate | 97

No tasting note given.

Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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Wine Spectator | 95

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.

Drink Dates: 2013+
Author: James Suckling


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Score: 98
Author: john33
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 12/01/2010
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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