2004 Climens, Barsac (Previously $80)
*Cellar Selection* This wine is well balanced, rich and unctuous, the sweetness and denseness so carefully blended with acidity, orange zest and dry botrytis. It is a gorgeous, ripe wine, intense but retaining its freshness.
Shows apricot tart, with hints of candied lemons on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with lovely concentration and a lemony, spicy, almost flinty aftertaste. Impressive for the vintage. Very lively and zingy on the finish. Best after 2009.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Reticent, cooler nose suggests menthol and vanilla. Then quite sweet, dense and silky, even thick for 2004. Currently dominated by brown spices, especially clove, but with a broad and seamless texture. This has struck me as unusually rich and sweet for Climens from the beginning. A real spice bomb today, and nicely long on the aftertaste.