1975 Climens, Barsac

SKU #970146 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1975 Climens has a glorious bouquet with beautifully defined citrus fruit, wild honey, orange blossom and just a touch of old antique furniture. It blossoms in the glass. The palate is fresh and vibrant with a killer line of acidity. This is still fresh and tense with marmalade, grapefruit, mandarin, bitter orange and brown spices. It feels long and tender in the mouth: quite a powerful Climens at its peak. (NM)  (6/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 High-botrytis vintage, low yields (7.2 hl/ha). TA 4.5 g/l (sulphuric), RS 98 g/l. Deep gold with the first signs of amber. More oily on the nose than the 1976 but intense bitter orange freshness too, intensely aromatic. Fabulously fresh acidity with so much richness and concentration of flavour. (JH) 19.5/20 points  (5/2009)

K&L Notes

Four Stars from Michael Broadbent: "Fabulous harmonious bouquet, honey, apricots; sweet, full, fat yet refreshing acidity, crips fruit. Delicious."

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