2002 Climens, Barsac

SKU #1016291 92-94 points Wine Spectator

 Barrel tasting: Lemon, honey, mineral and light spice. Very attractive aromas. Full-bodied, with fresh acidity and a long finish where it turns to spice and toffee. (Web-2003)

92 points Vinous

 Two desserts might seem a little decadent for just one wine writer, but I couldn’t resist the 2002 Château Climens at an especially fair price on the short but well thought out wine list and so two desserts seemed the right thing to do. Politely styled but not shy on noble rot, this Climens from what is an underrated Barsac vintage (it followed too closely on the heels of the more famous 2001) evokes magical purity of fruit with honeyed tropical fruit and fresh citrus aromas and flavors. Surprisingly richly textured, it stood up well to the two desserts, especially the tarte. (ID)  (6/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The nose is rather closed on this Climens, which I think is going through an adolescent dumb period. Faint hints of candle wax and a hint of petrol, slight Germanic in style. The palate is medium-bodied, slightly viscous on the entry, building to a dried apricot, biscuit middle with good acidity and balance, but a linearity that keeps its feet on the ground. Touch of spice and ginger on the finish, this Sauternes is somehow more enjoyable in retrospect, as you look back upon it, than when actually imbibing it! Drink 2013-2030. (NM-Wine Journal)  (1/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 So massive and unctuous yet with great freshness. Wonderful stuff with a slightly burnt edge. Great complexity. Long. Brava! 19/20 points.  (3/2011)

K&L Notes

Lovely nose of coconut and pineapple. Superb balance of acid and fruit. Not as big as 2001, but close. Outstanding.

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Semillon

- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.
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France

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Bordeaux

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Sauternes

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