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[Add to shopping basket] Climens Sauternes/Barsac £56 - - - - 18 - 93-96
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Climens is usually blended over a prolonged period of at least a year with various lots assembled painstakingly along the way. Until 2017 this has meant that tasters have to visit the chai and schedule a good hour for the barrel-by-barrel process (see What may go into Climens 2015). This year Mathieu Chadronnier of CVBG persuaded Bérénice Lurton of Climens to provide samples of the four main ingredients in Climens 2016 for their tasting at Ch Belgrave in the Médoc, thereby putting it on the itinerary for far more tasters. A much-appreciated initiative. Sample from northern parcels (picked 30 Sep and 18 Oct, 14.1% alcohol, RS 120 g/l, 16% of the crop): Liquorice and rich and round and exciting. Thick and round. Sample from the eastern parcels (picked 29 Sep and 3, 4 Oct, 14.2% alcohol, RS 131 g/l, 27% of the crop): Toasty, deep and edgy with a green streak. From the western parcels (picked 28 Sep, 4, 8 Oct, 14.4% alcohol, RS 129 g/l, 14% of the crop): A bit loose and sweet with bracing acid. Big and bold, with a firm end. From the southern plots (picked 6, 19, 20, 22 Oct, 14.2% alcohol, RS 141 g/l, 43% of the crop): Friendly, round, fresh and floral, gorgeous. Bright fruit. 18+

Score: 18 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2026-2048

I tasted the 2016 Climens from four separate lots identified by location, harvest dates, alcohol, residual sugar and the percentage each lot represents of the harvest. The four wines were remarkably different. The Nord was both plush and tropical-leaning, yet with notable freshness, while the Sud managed to be both deep and also light on its feet. I found the Ouest to be the most precise and aromatically lifted of the samples, while the Est was the most concentrated. A simple, impromptu blend of the four lots suggests the 2016 Climens is shaping up to be a magnificent Barsac. The interplay of the various components is quite remarkable.

Score: 93 - 96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinousmedia.com

[Add to shopping basket] Coutet Sauternes/Barsac £318 - - - 94-95 16-17 92-95 -
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Oily and dense with lots of sliced-cooked-pineapple, honey and light spice character. Full body and a long and spicy finish. Lasts a long time on the palate.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

RS 153 g/l, TA 3.8 g/l. Correct but somewhat restrained nose, particularly in comparison with Clos Haut-Peyraguey. Just a little dull. Not the juiciest. Not the sweetest. Very youthful. 13.7%. 16.5+

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2025-2040

Plump, with a mouthful of tangerine, peach and clementine notes laced with a ginger thread. A twinge of bitter orange adds cut on the finish.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Doisy Daene NEW Sauternes/Barsac £315 - - - 94-95 17 92-95 -
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This is very serious with lots of spicy, botrytis character and a deep and dense palate. Full-bodied, very sweet and long on the finish.

Score: 94 - 95 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

Serious stuff. Very precise. Racy edge that reminds me of something medical - a refreshing pine disinfectant? Lots of energy. Valérie Lavigne has taking an interest in this for some time. A worthy memento of the late Denis Dubordieu.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2024-2037

This has a wide range of white peach, yellow apple and green fig flavors that show good zip and brightness for the vintage, with a long honeysuckle note lifting the finish.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to shopping basket] Doisy Vedrines NEW Sauternes/Barsac £285 - - - 91-92 16-17 92-95 -
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Tangy and fruity with a honey and lemon-rind character. Lots of orange peel, too. Medium to full body and a sweet finish.

Score: 91 - 92 James Suckling, Jamessuckling.com

RS 141 g/l, TA 4.1 g/l. Blossomy nose. Open and broad with lots of charm even if not that much subtlety. Medium weight. Easy to like. Straightforward. 13.84%. 16.5

Score: 16 - 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2021-2034

This has good energy for the vintage, with a range of tangerine, clementine, peach and pineapple flavors showing nice definition through the finish.

Score: 92 - 95 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

[Add to wish list] [Add to pre-order list] Fargues Sauternes/Barsac Unreleased - - - - 17 97 -
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Light nose. 'Lur Saluces' in jazzy lettering prominent on the label. Very classic, polished, pear-juice quality. Utterly classic and made for long ageing.

Score: 17 Jancis Robinson MW, Jancisrobinson.com Maturity: 2025-2045

A very rich style, with broad apricot, ginger cream, heather honey and glazed peach flavors. White ginger notes give the finish needed tension, while a green plum edge add cut and lift. Impressive range and energy for the vintage.

Score: 97 James Molesworth, Wine Spectator

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