Château Climens is widely considered one of the two best Sauternes/Barsac properties, along with Château d'Yquem. The outstanding quality of the wines from this estate, however, are arguably not reflected in their price when compared to those of its more famous colleague. In a great vintage like 2009, this is as good as sweet wine gets, and anyone resisting the incredible appeal of this wine in its youth will be rewarded with outstanding balance and complexity in the future.
Picked in just two tries, 90% picked in one trie, tasting through 13 separate lots, the core components of a great Climens appear to be in place. Paying particular attention to the lots that constitute a large percentage of the blend (usually around 15%) the common themes are ones of great purity, persistency and precision. The aromatics display pure honey, minerals, occasionally a faint scent of spearmint and white peach, most with spellbinding precision. On the palate, Berenice Lurton has some stupendous lots at her disposal, with ample botrytis, ethereal definition, one or two more powerful, quite spicy lots and others that are shorter and will undoubtedly lend the blend an acidic cut. It will be a joy to taste this after bottling.