Archive for the ‘Chateau Climens’ Category

2010 Bordeaux – Chateau Climens, Barsac

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

We didn’t taste the 2010 Climens alongside the other First Growths because owner Bérénice Lurton and technical director  Frédéric Nivelle don’t blend their barrels yet.  This highlights why it is so important to taste every wine over a sustained period of time to get the full picture – tasting a wine once, as many critics do, will only ever give you a snapshot.

And what barrels they were!  There were 23 lots to get through but here is a summary video for you.  Enjoy!  Bill Blatch

2010 Sauternes Harvest – Picking ‘Botrytis’ grapes

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Botrytis is now fully developed across Sauternes and everyone is picking as fast as they can – dipping in and out of the rows every day to gather the rotted grapes as and when they are ready. It has taken almost three weeks for the Botrytis to slowly develop – very different to 2009 where everything happened very quickly. This will mean a different style of wine for 2010 with perhaps more complexity as a result of the extended picking period but maybe less intensity. It is too early to say, of course, but we do know for certain that it is looking like another excellent harvest.

I’m still in the States at the moment but we thought you would like to see what is going on in the vineyards at this stage.  We captured the video below of a picker at Chateau Climens during the 2009 harvest and it perfectly illustrates the dedication and precision needed to make great Sauternes. Each row of vines will be visited many times during the 2010 harvest to select only the grapes that have reached the perfect ‘roti’ phase where flavours are at their most concentrated.

This attention to detail is one reason why good Sauternes is expensive – what you pay for when you buy a bottle of Sauternes is largely the skill and expertise of the winemakers. Bill Blatch

2009 Ch Climens – best Sauternes buy En Primeur?

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Bravo Berenice – a very reasonable release price from Ch Climens today.  Up 23% on 2008 but down 13% on 2007 – only the third chateau to do this behind de Malle and Raymond Lafon.

In the heady climate of 2009 En Primeur red wine prices this is a breath of fresh air and deserves support.  The wine is excellent and will reward buyers with first class drinking for the rest of their lifetime (and probably their children’s lifetime too!).  I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Buying pages and tasting videos/notes are at the following links:

2009 Sauternes Price List – Full Cases
2009 Sauternes Price List – Mixed Cases

2009 Climens Videos

2009 Climens Tasting Notes

Chateau Climens 2009 as shown to the wine trade

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

 For certain events, such as this presentation of the 2009 Chateau Climens to the Bordeaux Wine Trade, you will catch me in a suit!  Well as Berenice Lurton graciously treated us to some sumptuous older vintages as well as another look round the barrels at the 2009 it seemed appropriate, certainly the 90 year old 1920 Climens deserved respect!  Tasting a Barsac wine this old is a rare event even for me and the other Bordeaux negociants and courtiers in this video.  We were all struggling for words to describe the flavours!

Other vintages tasted were the 2008, 2007 (100 Wine Advocate points), 2006, 2005, 2004, 2000 and 1990 (the last two from magnificent double magnums.  Bill Blatch

2009 Chateau Climens coming on very nicely

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Another catch up visit – this time to visit Berenice Lurton, owner of Chateau Climens, Barsac to see how the 2009 vintage is behaving itself in barrel!  We hope to have another video up shortly showing what the negociants thought of the wine when it was officially presented to the Bordeaux Wine Trade recently.

Jancis Robinson publishes 2009 Sauternes tasting notes

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Jancis Robinson MW has joined the praise for the 2009 Sauternes vintage and published her tasting notes  in her Purple Pages at  We are grateful again for a mention of this site – thank you!  Snippets from the notes I found particularly pleasing amongst many were:

Climens – Great blend of richness, raciness and life. This should be very special indeed and I may be under-scoring it.  18.5+ points

Doisy Daene – Very big and bold, like pear juice fermented by a wizard. Lovely stuff.  18 points

Guiraud – I failed to spit this one – always a good sign. Very long and a good combination of structure, acidity and very ripe fruit.  18 points

Raymond Lafon – Great stuff! Unspittable, dried apricots (though so much richer than a Tokaji) and great acidity.  19 points

Suduiraut – Big and rich and bold and overwhelming almost. A bit of spice and so much sugar!  18.5 points

Don’t forget to compare her comments to mine!  To get a copy of my full notes just enter your name and email at the top right hand corner of this screen.  Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes – a sensational Chateau Climens!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

We didn’t taste 2009 Chateau Climens alongside the other First Growths as they haven’t finished blending it yet but we did taste from all the lots in barrel with Technical Manager, Frédéric Nivelle, and Neal Martin of The Wine Advocate – take a look below for a brief summary of our visit.

If you are interested in buying Chateau Climens, Barsac in the 2009 En Primeur campaign don’t forget to sign up for my full tasting notes at the top right hand corner of the page. Chateau d’Yquem and will follow next! PS Roger Voss of The Wine Enthusiast Magazine in an article on 2009 Sauternes has just rated Climens at 97-99 points – early days but we wouldn’t disagree at this stage. Bill Blatch

2007 Sauternes tasting – First Growth Chateaux (1 of 2)

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Third video from the mammoth 2007 and 2009 Sauternes and Barsac tasting at Chateau de Fargues. This covers the first six out of thirteen 2007 First Growth wines including the highly rated Chateau Climens.

Other Chateaux in this flight of wines are Coutet, de Fargues, de Rayne-Vigneau, Guiraud and Lafaurie-Peyraguey. Bill Blatch

2009 Sauternes – Château Climens pressing sample

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

This is a short video to remind us all where this fantastic 2009 vintage came from. This video, taken back in October 2009, features Bérénice Lurton of Château Climens, Premier Cru Barsac, and a very strange looking glass of freshly pressed juice – after you Bérénice!

2009 Sauternes at Château Climens

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

So far it has been just me getting excited about 2009 Sauternes and Barsac wines – this is a blog after all!  Now is a good time to meet the people behind the wines starting with an interesting discussion with Bérénice Lurton and Frédéric Nivelle, owner and technical manager at Château Climens, one of two the Premier Cru estates in Barsac – enjoy!  

Don’t forget to download my full report to register for 2009 En Primeur offers.  Bill Blatch


2009 Sauternes Vintage Report