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Chateau Climens Sauternes, Premiers Crus, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Climens today, and over the past decade or two, has become one of the most popular producers of Sauternes wines. Located in the commune of Barsac, Climens is planted on perfect terroir to produce great sweet, Bordeaux wine. The poor, unfertile, limestone soil and damp, morning weather is exactly how the estate got its name. In fact, when Climens is translated from the local dialect, the definition means, unfertile, poor land.

Chateau Climens has a long history in the Bordeaux wine region. It dates all the way back to back to 1547. Skipping ahead a few centuries to the 1855 Classification, not only was Climens given a status that was only bested by Chateau d’Yquem, that same year, the estate was purchased that same year by Henri Gounouilhou. It remained the property of the Gounouilhou family until 1971, when Lucien Lurton of Château Brane Cantenac bought the Bordeaux wine property. Lurton purchased Château Doisy Dubroca in 1971 as well. Starting in 1992, Climens has been managed by his daughter Bernice Lurton.

The 28.3 hectare Barsac vineyard is planted to 100% Semillon grapes. On average, the vines are 35 years of age. At one time, there was a minor amount of Muscadelle planted. However, after the Lurton family purchased the estate in 1972, those vines were removed. With the extreme chalky terroir filled with limestone, sand and clay soils, this is a perfect fit for the Semillon grape. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 6,600 vines per hectare. As of 2012, Chateau Climens, practices organic and biodynamic farming techniques. The propery has been certified by EcoCert. One of the more interesting practices used by Chateau Climens is the use of organic herbal teas. The teas are used to help fight potential diseases in the vines. Some of the teas used could range from Camomille, Horsetail, Willow Tree, Cypress and Juniper Berry.

To produce the wine of Chateau Climens, vinification takes place in French oak barrels at 27 degrees Celsius for between 2 to 3 weeks. Once the wine reaches the desired degree of alcohol, the fermentation temperature is rapidly dropped to about 3 degrees Celsius. The decrease in temperature halts the fermentation and retains the high sugar levels. The wine is aged on average in 35% to 45% new, French oak barrels for close to 20to 24 months. The amount of new oak depends on the character and quality of the vintage. Chateau Climens is one of the few Bordeaux wine producers to make a non blended wine.

Chateau Climens produces close to 3,000 cases of wine per year. The estate also makes a second wine, Cypres de Climens. Chateau Climens is one of the few Barsac estates to have declassified entire harvests, when the grapes were not up to their high standards. Most recently, no wine was made in 1984, 1987, 1992 or 1993.

Chateau Climens is one of the top Sauternes, Barsac Bordeaux wine properties. The wine shows honeyed tropical notes, with floral, vanilla and spice aromatics.  While it’s sweet, there is ample acidity to give it lift. Acidity is a key component in a sweet white. Without it, the wine feels tired or flabby in your mouth.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2009 Château Climens

    1. Beautiful attention seeking aromas of fresh picked flowers, grilled nuts, vanilla, honey coated tropical fruit, orange rind and melon were all over the place. Concentrated with gobs of lush, ripe, sweet, honeyed, over ripe tropical fruit, with great acidity, this was a treat to end the night with.

      97 points - Tasted
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    2. Aromas of sweet white peaches, apricot, pineapple, flowers, grilled nuts and honey combine perfectly with layers of fresh, honeyed fruit. There is a lot of purity, definition and acidity to keep the wine feeling fresh.

      96 points - Tasted
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  2. 2008 Château Climens

    1. Medium bodied and lacking the sweetness and levels of richness, as well as botrytis found in the best vintage, there is a lot of charm to be had with the sweet, honeyed tropical fruit, forward, styled wine. For people seeking to match Sauternes with a meal, this is a good choice.

      92 points - Tasted
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  3. 2007 Château Climens

    1. For years, 1971 Climens remained my benchmark for this property. It took 30 years, but the 2001 was even better than the 71! While the 2007 is not quite at the level of the sublime, it's not that far off. With an explosive nose packed with honey coated nuts, pineapples, orange rind, apricot, spice and white peach, you're easily sucked into this wines charms. Rich, intense and balanced by the perfect amount of acidity to give it lift and keep it fresh, fans of sweet Bordeaux wine should be all over this wine.

      97 points - Tasted
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  4. 2005 Château Climens

    1. I love young Sauternes. OK, I like them old too. But there is something about the primal sweet, honeyed apricot, vanilla, overripe tropical fruit and nut aromas in this wine that get me going. Add in the racy acidity and a long, fresh, invigorating, rich, honey drenched finish and it’s just the right amount of after dinner, or anytime decadence.

      95 points - Tasted
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  5. 2003 Château Climens

    1. Thick, rich, sweet, intense and filled with over ripe apricots, oranges, pineapple, nectarine, vanilla bean and a massive layer of honey. Not as bright or fresh as 2001, but the wine avoids being cloying. The sweet, tropical fruit, nut, candied orange and honey finish will put a smile on the face of any sweet wine lover.

      95 points - Tasted
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  6. 2001 Château Climens

    1. WOW! The best Climens since the stunning 1971, and that is saying something. The come hither aromas of ripe and over ripe pineapple, orange, nectarine and apricot drenched in honey and placed inside a flower shop excite your sense. Never the most concentrated sweet, Bordeaux wine, this medium/full bodied extravaganza of honeyed tropical fruit, vanilla and nuts feels fresh and zippy. Eat it, drink it, or drizzle it over your lover. This delicious wine keeps everything in the perfect place and in the right proportion, ending in a long, clean, pure, decadent 60 second, pleasure filled finish!

      98 points - Tasted
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  7. 1997 Château Climens

    1. Drinking great today. That is, if you like fresh, juicy, over ripe tropical fruits, honey, apricots and vanilla made even better with a racy acidity and a sweet, fresh, lush, spicy, nutty, fruit filled finish. This is finesse over power in a great style.

      93 points - Tasted
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  8. 1990 Château Climens

    1. Honeyed apricots, pineapples, and peaches are on display in the nose. Lighter than I would have expected on the palate. Everything was in balance. The wine retains a lot of freshness and good acidity.

      93 points - Tasted
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  9. 1988 Château Climens

    1. Straw colored, with fresh pineapple, orange, citrus zest, floral and spice notes with honey and nuts. The wine is pure silk and pleasure. Medium bodied, with a freshness and vivacity that refreshes along with the perfect amount of sweet, honeyed fruit, this is drinking perfectly today.

      95 points - Tasted
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  10. 1986 Château Climens

    1. Climens A beautiful, mature Sauternes is the perfect way to end a civilized meal. Honey, vanilla, pineapple, nectarine, grilled nuts and orange rind scents make up the perfume. Medium to full bodied, this elegant, sweet Bordeaux wine finishes with honeyed tropical fruits and crème brulee flavors.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. On the nose, apricots, pineapples, oranges, pears and caramel with a dash of coco in the background. Thick, rich, full bodied and very concentrated. Dense and extremely lush on the palate. It taste like slow roasted oranges and pineapples dipped in honey. This has a very, long, beautiful,clean, seamless finish.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. Light gold colored, do Barsacs ever turn dark? Fresh, honeyed pineapples and other tropical fruits explode from the glass. Extremely well balanced. The perfect amount of acid to balance the sweetness. Mature, but will easily improve for another 15 or more years.

      94 points - Tasted
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  11. 1983 Château Climens

    1. With a gold, copper hue, this fully mature Sauternes delivers honey, apricot, pineapple, orange and green apple flavors. Medium bodied and starting to lose its fruit, I'd drink this vintage of Climens sooner than later as it will probaly continue to lose fruit and gain acidity.

      91 points - Tasted
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  12. 1976 Château Climens

    1. Oranges, flowers, honey and apricots were easy to find, but it stops there. Very light with a clean but short finish. It could use more sweetness and depth. This was probably drying out.

      87 points - Tasted
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  13. 1971 Château Climens

    1. Another great performance for this fully mature wine. The nose is a treat with its floral, honeysuckle, caramel, pineapple, creme brulee and sweet tropical fruit personality. Fresh, bright, soft, silky and polished, the lively, subtle finish delivers ample, sweet tropical fruits and citrus. If you're seeking a wine from 1971 for a birthday or anniversary, this could be the one.

      95 points - Tasted
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    2. Honey, butterscotch, pineapple, apricot, marzipan and nectarine aromas grab your attention. Layers of sweet, honey drenched tropical fruit, the right amount of acidity to give it lift and a long, finish are the hallmarks of this wine. At 40, this delicious Sauternes is still young. It has at least another 20-30 more years of positive evolution in its future. Along with the sublime 2001, this is the best Climens I've ever tasted. It's much better than Chateau d'Yquem in 1971.

      97 points - Tasted
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    3. 71 Climens expresses a beautiful nose of honeysuckle, sweet apricots, pineapple, nectarine, vanilla, caramel and spice all drenched in honey. Balanced and harmonious, this medium to full bodied wine has enough acidity to give it lift and ample sweetness to make it interesting. The wine ends with a long sensation of crème brûlée, lemon meringue and honeyed tropical fruits.

      95 points - Tasted
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  14. 1967 Château Climens

    1. Simple, lacking depth and fruit. Probably slightly past its prime. Not dead, but lacks excitement, freshness or verve.

      87 points - Tasted
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  15. 1949 Château Climens

    1. Honey colored, with a bouquet of burnt caramel, apricot, nuts, flowers, honey, orange and tropical fruits. Rich, intense, clean and lively, the wine tasted decades younger than its true age, ending with a sweet, vanilla, nut and honey coated, tropical fruit finish.

      94 points - Tasted
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