Consistently one of the most profound wines of Barsac/Sauternes, this wine, made from 100% Semillon, 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)
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)
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. 90(+?) points. (ST)
Intensely spiced and orange-oiled on the nose. Amazingly expressive and complex and inviting. Equally complex on the palate, a bitter orange intensity of fine botrytis, immensely rich in flavour without being overly viscous. Terrific freshness and length. Drink 2009-2040. 19/20 points (JH)
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