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1997 Climens, Barsac

SKU #170063 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Consistently one of the most profound wines of Barsac/Sauternes, this wine, made from 100% Sémillon, is one of the most ravishing examples of just how much elegance can be built into a powerful race horse style of wine. The classic 1997 Climens boasts gorgeously pure pineapple, citrus, butter, mineral, and floral scents in its soaring aromatics. While it is not a blockbuster, it is medium to full-bodied, with extraordinary precision, elegance, and purity. This slightly sweet Climens should drink well young, but evolve nicely for 15-30 years. It is unquestionably a high-class Barsac. (RP)  (4/2000)

94 points Wine Spectator

 Masses going on in this glass. Superconcentrated, with aromas of honey, flowers, lemon curd and spice. Full-bodied and very thick, with lots of sweet fruit and a long, spicy finish. A beauty. Best after 2002. (JS)  (1/2000)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Lively, sweet aromas of citrus skin and peach complicated by spice, resin and marzipan from the new oak. Lively, intense apricot and spice flavors are currently quite tightly wound and dominated by the oak. Racy and stylish, but in need of aging. Showing very much as it did a year ago from barrel. (ST) 90+  (7/2000)

Jancis Robinson

 Golden in colour, golden on the nose. Saffron and turmeric and orange peel. Rich golden syrup and satin heavy, languid, dense. Some nuttiness developing, but still wonderful tension through the core. 18/20 points. (TC)  (11/2017)

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- 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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