1976 Climens, Barsac (Previously $270)

SKU #970050 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted at the Bordeaux Index’s Chateau Climens dinner, this is the best bottle of ’76 I have encountered. A very clear, lucid amber hue. The nose is just beautiful, perhaps more perfumed and floral than previous bottles with almond, apricot, white peach, passion fruit, a hint of lime leaf and quince. The palate is also more delicate than previous bottles, vibrant acidity on the entry, quite edgy, a viscous heart with a dainty, dried peach finish. Beautiful. Tasted November 2009. (NM)  (3/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 A glorious bottle bought ex château in1998. Brilliant orange. So rich with burnt caramel flavours and yet so fresh and lively too. The nose had a blossom quality to it. Superb. Thick and sweet and dense. 19/20 Points (JR)  (11/2014)

K&L Notes

4 stars from Michael Broadbent: "A hot dry summer, beautiful grapes, but over four 'tries' between 1st and 23rd October, and although the grapes changed color, from golden to almost chocolate, not botrytis appeared. Large crop with 30,000 bottles of the 1er vin. Fairly high alcohol (14.3%) and very high residual sugar (114g/l) Superb throughout the 1980s, rich and fat for a Barsac. Golden colour. 'legs' or 'tears' like Gothic arches, imbued with every possible fragrance and flavour, rich but crisp. Most recently: low-keyed, very slightly varnishy nose, but with good depth; sweet,crisp, full-bodied, slightly spicy finish. à point. Last tasted at the Château, Oct 2001" (Michael Broadbent's Vintage Wine - 2002)

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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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