Climens 2007

Sauternes/Barsac, First Growth Sauternes

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Tasting Notes

Bright gold. Captivating, complex nose offers fresh apricot, peach and honey, lifted by an intoxicating spicy, floral scent. Very intensely flavored and precise, with superb lift and purity to the rich, silky flavors of stone fruits, honey and peppermint. As opulent and creamy as this is, it's extremely young today, conveying an impression of oomph and power. Finishes broad and very long, with superb energy. This will probably need a good 12 to 15 years to approach maturity and should be long-lived.

Score: 94

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 01 August 2010

Tasted twice at UGC tastings, it was actually under blind conditions that the Climens 2007 re-confirmed its status as the best Sauternes of the vintage. It retains an ethereal bouquet of honey, white peach, apricot and orange-blossom with ethereal purity and joie de vivre. The palate is medium-bodied with exquisite balance and essence of mineralite. It balances on tiptoe with perfect acidity that effortlessly counterpoises those layers of rich honeyed fruit; the finish taut, vibrant and with a sense of place. This is outstanding in every way. Perfect? I would not bet against it deserving that loaded adjective one day in the future. Drink 2015-2050. (Score: 99+)

Score: 99

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2015-2050 01 April 2010

The final blend (although not blended in the cellars.) The nose has certainly closed down since last year, tightly coiled. However the palate is superb: brilliant definition and weight of fruit. Incredibly pure with notes of honey, fresh apricots, a touch of citrus lemon and passion fruit, wonderful tension and length on the finish. Perhaps the wine of the vintage? Awesome purity and length. The wine of the vintage although I think it will close down after bottling…you have been warned! Drink 2015-2050. Tasted April 2009.

Score: 98 - 100

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2015-2050 31 July 2009

Multiple tastings of barrels and two micro-blends with Berenice Lurton at the chateau and each one more breath-taking than the last! An intensely minerally nose with astounding delineation and poise with hints of wild honey, orange-blossom and a little almond. The palate displays brilliant balance, so much so that the 150-160gms/L residual is barely noticeable. A sublime viscous, honeyed, peach-tinged finish that leaves the palate tingling with glee. To quote my own words: "it encapsulates everything you love about Sauternes." Bravo Berenice. Drink 2010-2050+

Score: 98 - 100

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2010-2050+ 01 April 2008

This delivers loads of citrus aromas, along with dried apricot and honey on the nose, as well as toffee. Full-bodied, with a medium sweetness, spicy, fruity flavors and a long, racy, spicy finish. There's toffee and caramel as well. Hard not to drink now. Best after 2014.

Score: 93

James Suckling, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2014+ 31 March 2010

Looks very heavy and syrupy. Really exciting nose - smells as though biodynamic because there is so much going on here! Wild flowers, honey, mandarin peel. Yes!!!!! So far by far the best 2007 I have tasted (and I have tasted all the Médoc crus classés). Slightly bitter, refreshing note on the end. Long and interesting. Great stuff, even if not as heavy as the 2001.

Score: 18

Jancis Robinson MW, Maturity: 2013-2030 27 October 2009

As usual, no finished blend of this wine was available for tasting. Instead we tasted five different possible ingredients, and this year a first possible pre-assemblage blend - one of 39 pre-assemblages. It is truly sobering to think how much wine must be expectorated before Bérénice Lurton and her team are happy to bottle a final blend. The most thrilling was a sample picked on 17 Oct as part of the relatively big second trie, or passage through the vineyard. It had a heady aroma of hazelnuts and was amazingly substantial in terms of both body and richness, the keynote of the best 2007 Sauternes. A slightly dry finish (something evident on the Yquem 2007 too) but so fascinating in terms of its array of elements. The wines from the first trie were much lighter and simpler but had great clarity and freshness while the third trie’s produce seemed lighter than the second too. But overall, this should be a very promising year for Climens

Score: 18

Jancis Robinson MW, 01 April 2008