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2001 Climens, Barsac

SKU #1016624 99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The Climens 2001 has always possessed a deliriously complex and intense bouquet that is beautifully defined: dried quince and marmalade, honeycomb and antique furniture. There is an inchoate, resinous element that will surely surface over the next decade or so. This is a bouquet that demands attention and in this blind tasting, sticks out from the crowd, a sui generis. Since I last tasted it, the palate has opened up and is beginning to pump on all cylinders. It is wonderfully balanced with fabulous intensity and a long, citrus-tinged finish that is utterly beguiling. As Kate Bush once sang: 'Wow.' (NM) Inner quote mark (10/2014)

98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This has held its colour beautifully, pale burnt gold, not yet tawny. A clean and attractive lift from the start to finish, this is very clearly one of the best of the lineup, with spiced herbs and juice-filled nectarine, set against a lime zest curl underneath. Caramelised but also freshly grated ginger here that cuts through the sweetness to raise the whole palate up. Intense and concentrated and very good quality. One to get hold of and will age also. 117g/l residual sugar, a yield of 6hl/ha, harvest 30 September to October 23 over three passes through the vineyard. 69% of the harvest went into the main estate wine. (JA) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Loads of orange peel and dried apricots on the nose here. Full-bodied, with a wild and exciting palate. Sweet yet racy. Electrifying. Great class and elegance. One of the best Climens I have tasted. (JS) Inner quote mark (9/2004)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Medium yellow. Reticent, liqueur-like aromas of yellow plum, vineyard peach, spices, white flowers and menthol. Impeccably balanced and impressively structured, with its new oak component to the fore. But this extremely bright, intense, focused wine possesses a strong core of spicy, botrytized fruit. Finishes with terrific fruit and an almost tannic firmness. Like so many of these 2001s, give this long aeration if you plan to taste a bottle any time soon. (ST) 94+ Inner quote mark (8/2004)

Jancis Robinson

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

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