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Climens 2003

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Sauternes and Barsac
ColourSweet White
Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc

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Tasting Notes

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (164), April 2006

Ex-chateau bottle tasted blind in Sauternes. The Climens '03 has always been a capricious Barsac: brilliant out of barrel but found wanting under vertical conditions. Here, amidst a blind horizontal, it fell somewhere between the two! This bottle offers a sweet ripe bouquet of candied orange peel, dried honey and fig that is missing a little delineation (as discerned on previous bottles.) The palate is ripe and rounded on the entry with a touch of spice that lends it a pleasant edginess. Mango and pineapple form the middle whilst the finish is composed and focused with commendable precision and citric acidity. To repeat comments I have made before, this is a decent Climens, but Berenice Lurton has made far superior wines in recent years

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (207), June 2013

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. Best after 2012. 2,300 cases made.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2006

Extremely promising with the usual great purity plus far more weight and sweetness than has practically ever been seen here.

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, August 2005
Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2007

One of the sweetest Climens ever! Will doubtless be a great Climens in the very rich, liquorous style of the year.

Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine (1), April 2004
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Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

At Chateau Climens in Barsac, the lots harvested in late September had massive of botrytis character and a richness that is slightly uncharacteristic of the estate's lively and harmonious style. Climens should make one of its most concentrated wines ever. Owner Bérénice Lurton had not finished the blend yet for her 2003, but I tasted nearly a dozen lots from barrel in the estate's cellar, and they showed wonderful potential. Lurton said, "It becomes more and more obvious that the wine is fantastic."

James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 04), April 2004
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