1971 Climens, Barsac

SKU #970003 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I have had some of the fabled mature vintages of Climens (the 1947 and 1949 come to mind immediately), but the 1971 remains my favorite mature vintage of this wine. It is a classic Climens, powerful yet restrained, rich and opulent, yet also delicate. This wine has superb balance, a long, lively, crisp finish, and moderate sweetness kept light and delightful by excellent acidity. It is one of the finest Barsacs I have ever tasted. The honeyed pineapple character, so much a personality trait of this wine, is abundantly displayed. (RP)  (12/1997)

93 points James Suckling

 Wild and racy sweet wine with honey, vanilla, apple and pear pie, and toffee on the nose and palate. It’s full and very sweet with a long, long finish. Gorgeous.  (3/2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Pale amber. Wonderfully evolved, light marmalade nose with the sweetness fading to such an extent that I think this wine could be served with relatively savoury food as well (we enjoyed it with an apple and blackberry crumble). It has great complexity, a note of dried apricots and brisk refreshment value. Light toastiness. Super clean. 18/20 points. Drink 1990 to 2015.  (10/2011)

K&L Notes

96 points Neal Martin, Wine Journal: "The palate is beautiful, very elegant on the palate, good acidity, mellifluous and sensual. Very harmonious, touches of honey, apricot, peach, a touch of marmalade and barley sugar on the finish that sports tremendous persistency. Excellent."

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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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