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The 2011 Climens repeated its performance from a few months ago. There is a tangible richness on the nose, touches of honeycomb and chalk infusing the honeyed fruit before those fig-like scents begin to emerge. The palate is beautifully balanced, unctuous in the mouth with a lovely salinity coming through on the long finish. It is way too young to strut its stuff at the moment, so afford it at least a decade in bottle. Tasted April 2016. Drink 2025-2060.

Score: 94 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (225), June 2016

Tasting through individual lots, I was struck by their purity and tautness, developing engaging floral aromas with aeration, with occasional notes of yellow plum and ginger. On the palate, once again there is a common theme of purity and crisp acidity, although they alternated between a lighter and a more mellifluous style. One or two significant lots demonstrated enticing spicy notes that define great Climens. There is certainly enormous potential here, one that beckons an intense, vivacious Barsac underpinned by freshness and focus.

The 2011 was picked over five tries in two phases, the first from September 8 to the 21st representing a whopping 82% of the harvest over two tries; the second from September 26 until the 28th comprising over three smaller tries. Although the weather played a critical factor, Berenice Lurton attributed the success of her wine to her limestone soils.

Score: 95/97 Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

A dense, racy, sweet white with dried-apple, apricot and honey character. Full, very sweet and fresh. Tangy, spicy aftertaste. Shows lots of subtle, intense botrytis-spice character on the finish. Better in 2016.

Score: 96 James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2014

Without doubt this is consistently the finest wine of Barsac. Unfortunately it is not normally "assembled" in time for the en primeur tasting week so we rarely get to taste it.

  Farr Vintners, March 2012

Fine, complex and elegant. Final blend under the deft guidance of Berenice Lurton will no doubt create another great vintage for Climens.

Score: 19 Jeannie Cho Lee, Decanter.com, April 2012

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This noble sweet white wine, graceful and weightless, is a subtle wine that is like no other. If it is the very expression of the quintessence of this appellation with balance and freshness, it also has the strength and magnificence among the greatest Sauternes. Climens is characterized by brilliance or depth, borne only of its unique terroir.

This special grace, the result of tightness and minerality is also blessed with an extraordinary aromatic palette, mingling perfumes of flowers, fruits, spices, and often even a hint of eucalyptus or fresh mint. In their youth the wines, which have a pale colour that is reminiscent of the aromas, are dominated by citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon, citron), fresh fruit and white flowers. Sweet spices and other deeper, confected fruit flavours will develop with the passing of time. Whatever the vintage, the wines continue to age slowly, retaining their harmonious blend of sweetness and freshness for decades, which signs their inimitable charm.

Climens is most famous for the elegance of its wine, but also for its sustained excellence: even in less than great vintages, the wines produced are always magical.  

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Pale golden. Pineapples, pure, delicate, nuanced and refreshing nose, complex and refined, fresh acidity, elegant, fresh, lively, playful, detailed, nuanced, superb balance, very long. 96

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2011 Climens - potent, with great acidity and minerality, very intense botrytised flavors of orange peel and almonds, sophisticated touch, richness and great length. Awesome effort. 96+p.
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 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  Château Climens 2011  ( Château Climens )

Pale golden. Pineapples, pure, delicate, nuanced and refreshing nose, complex and refined, fresh acidity, elegant, fresh, lively, playful, detailed, nuanced, superb balance, very long. 96

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"2011 Climens - potent, with great acidity and minerality, very intense botrytised flavors of orange peel and almonds, sophisticated touch, richness and great length. Awesome effort. 96+p."

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