Chateau Climens- First Growth Barsac
RELEASED 14th June 2011 – £839/case bottles or £847/case half bottles
Bill Blatch: Nobody has seen a sample of the final blend, and each time we taste the individual lots, some do better than the time before and some not. So it’s very hard to be definitive about it at this stage. However it is quite clear that all the ingredients, apart maybe from some straggler pickings at the end, are as magnificent as they are different from each other and from the start, the overall impression has been one of extreme finesse and Climens-type elegance, combined with great softness, clearly becoming, in a less opulent way than recent vintages, a great Climens.
Decanter: No Score – The blend is not yet made, hence no star rating. But tasting one by one the 19 elements of the future blend indicates the possibility for Bérénice Lurton, the happy owner of Climens, to build a masterpiece, enhanced with supernatural elegance and perhaps even more finesse and emotional power than Yquem!
Jancis Robinson: 18/20 – Drink 2022-2040. There is the vintage tanginess in this wine but also the property’s trademark purity and unctuousness. As usual, it was not possible to taste (or give the analysis of) anything approximating to the final blend – just lots from the various pickings in late September and October – but this is looking like a top quality rendition of 2010, even if not a big and blossomy as the 2009. Please note that the analytical data are estimations from Bill Blatch. Residual Sugar 145g/l, Total Acidity 4.2, Alcohol 14%.
Asian Palate: 94-96/100 – The wonderfully fresh 2010 Climens has aromas of honeysuckle, sweet dried flowers, dried apricots, and marmalade. Berenice Lurton always creates an elegant expressive Sauternes with lightness even in ripe vintages, and in 2010 this gorgeous wine exhibits layers of honey and a kaleidoscope of intense flavours. While 2010 was not as concentrated as the 2009 or the 2005, there is plenty of depth to this wine, making the Climens one of the best sweet wines produced in this vintage.
Neal Martin: 94-96/100 – Berenice Lurton and her team managed to pick the crop just hours before rains fell on October 23. Tasting through every one of their lots in 2010, there was a theme of tautness, racy acidity and spice. Focusing upon two batches representing about 14%of the harvest, there was patently exquisite balanceand a sense of concentrated but efficient power,counterbalanced by immense purity andeffervescence. Their problem will be knowing exactly which lots to deselect!