Climens 2013

Sauternes/Barsac, First Growth Sauternes

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Tasting Notes

The 2013 Climens features a pale lemon-yellow color and expressive notes of candied citrus peel, honey-drizzled white peaches and brioche with wafts of marzipan and ginger. It has lovely harmony in the mouth, with a wonderful citrus peel intensity defined by great freshness, finishing with bags of depth and energy.

Score: 95

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2022-2048 31 August 2018

100% Sémillon. At the time of tasting, this wine was unblended, so this is an amalgamated note from several barrel samples. There is plenty of botrytic influence on display, and quite a muscular structure too. The texture is chewy and pithy with flavours ranging from floral to lemon and apple fruit with treacle and golden syrup sweetness throughout. The samples display plenty of acidity, and there is no question the component parts have all the makings of great Sauternes. This mark is likely to be conservative, then, assuming that the blending is done as well as can be expected from this estate. (17+)

Score: 17

Jancis Robinson MW, Richard Hemming, Maturity: 2016-2026 01 April 2014

Cropped at ten hectoliters per hectare, this represents the first certified organic Chateau Climens. As usual, I have to conjecture how the final blend will manifest itself, a task becoming easier now that I have tasted through individual lots for several years. Clearly, the first tries contain zesty citrus fruit with crisp acidity and strong botrytis character, the second tries lending the structure and the Barsac/Climens character. I noticed a "marine" influence on the final tries picked on October 21 and 23, although here there is a slight attenuation. Putting all this together, I foresee an assured, perhaps slightly lighter but tensile Climens, with the more heavily botrytized fruit delivered toward the end. Quality is certainly on par with a very good vintage, the most impressive lots destined to form major components of the final blend. This ought to be a classic Climens.

Score: 94 - 96

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 01 April 2014

A greater diversity of lots this year than usual, ranging from delicate to unctuous, but the final blend should be terrific. An elegant, layered, harmonious wine with freshness.

Score: 94

Decanter, Maturity: 2021-2031 01 April 2014