2002 Climens, Barsac
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)
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)
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)
So massive and unctuous yet with great freshness. Wonderful stuff with a slightly burnt edge. Great complexity. Long. Brava! 19/20 points.
Lovely nose of coconut and pineapple. Superb balance of acid and fruit. Not as big as 2001, but close. Outstanding.