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Château Climens


Address: 33720 Barsac

Telephone: +33 (0)5 56 27 15 33



Château Climens is a Premier Cru Classé in Barsac that was bought by Lucien Lurton in 1971 and has been run since 1992 by his daughter Bérénice. This famous Barsac estate, made entirely from Sémillon, produces extremely fine wine which ages superbly.

Vineyard/Terrior: 30 hectares on red ferrous sandy-clay soil with pebbles on a fissured limestone subsoil. 100% Sémillon.

Winemaking/Elévage: Aged in oak barrels, 30% new each year. Aged for 2-24 months.

Tasting notes:

  • 2011 Gold; excellent nose; botrytis; honey and cream; full and lifted; rich palate with lovely gloss; pretty sweet and full. Drink now-2026. 93+
  • 2010 Green gold; wet wool Semillon note; apricot and creamy botrytis notes; layered palate with lots of sweetness and some acid. Nicely done. Balanced with great length and race. Tasted Oct ’12 UGCB. 94+
  • 2008 Elegant gold; guava, melon and peach on the nose; honey too; nicely balanced palate, elegant; not thick or full of sugar but clean and fresh. Tasted Nov ’12 MW Institue. 90+
  • 2007 Gold; thick and creamy on the nose; quite unctuous; very fat palate, rich and pretty thick; attractive wine with nice sweetness. Nov ’11 MW Institute 92+/100 [Earlier note] Mid gold; more butterscotch and crème brulee and apricots; very attractive; more sweetness here but balanced and lively. Good acid. Good 92+/100 UGCB Oct ‘09
  • 2006 Golden; quite mature looking burnt notes with toffee and lift; some cream on the palate; elegant. Tasted June ’13 at Mouton 1855 dinner Vinexpo. 88
  • 1983 Dark gold; wonderful and fully mature Barsac; very soft and rounded feeling only semi-sweet. Excellent 92/100 Oct ‘07

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