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If you’re looking for a way to bring even the most lavishly opulent of meals to a roaring climax, you’ve just found it. Château Climens are one of the very best makers of Barsac, itself a subregion of Sauternes. These wines will live for decades in the cellar, and drink beyond wonderfully whenever you open them. This 3pk vertical is the best way to explore a trio of stunning vintages, or makes for an amazing gift for someone very, very lucky.

Every case contains one of each:

Dessert/Fortified
Sweet
Bordeaux

Château Climens 1er Cru Barsac Sauternes 2009
Apple
Gingerbread
Spice
Medium-bodied
Bright
Delicate
(97+) LIsa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
James Lawther MW, Decanter
Neal Martin, Vinous
17.5/20 Jancis Robinson MW

It’s easy to enjoy Château Climens on release, but the real joy comes with a bit of maturity. While this 2009 has a healthy future ahead of it (decades!), it’s had the right amount of time to integrate and develop further complexity to be enjoyed now. Cue the fanfare. The town caller stands at attention, unrolls the scroll and declares, “The drinking window is open.” The town square erupts. Hats are thrown into the air and the gentle town folk run home to uncork their treasured Climens. Or so the story goes... It’s true though - the excitement of opening Climens when it’s in the slot is immense. And when you do, you’ll be blown away by this wine’s fresh tropical notes, citrus, marmalade, spice, ginger and lemon barley - all riding a crest of cleansing acidity. Words are not enough. Bérénice Lurton - we salute you!

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Dessert/Fortified
Sweet
Bordeaux

Château Climens 1er Cru Barsac Sauternes 2014
Almond
Apricot
Peach
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated
James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
Decanter
James Suckling
(94+) Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate
Neal Martin, Vinous

A great vintage to land on - 2014 was the first vintage by the Château to be officially classified as biodynamic - certified by EcoCert. The 29 hectare estate is one big vineyard planted entirely to semillon, that can be sub-divided into 20 different blocks. After the wine is assembled after rigorous barrel selection, there’s only 2,000 to 3,000 cases to go around - not a lot when there’s so much demand worldwide. Since 1992, the wine has been in good hands - Bérénice Lurton’s hands to be precise. From the tender age of 22, she’s been steering Climens to greatness - although she’d happily forget her first few vintages (both 1992 & 93 were declassified due to vintage conditions). Ethereal is a word that can get thrown around by wine writers, but here’s a wine where they’re justified to use it as much as they want. This wine floats across your palate; lifted, lithe and luscious. It’s hard to imagine that something so pure can come from grapes affected by noble rot - the fungus known as Botrytis cinerea. Pineapple notes abound, with cumquat, papaya and grapefruit. There is sweetness here but it’s never cloying. The lazer-like acidity makes sure of that. Fine and focussed. One half bottle is never enough. No wonder it’s called ‘the nectar of the gods’.

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Dessert/Fortified
Sweet
Bordeaux

Château Climens 1er Cru Barsac Sauternes 2015
Caramel
Mango
Orange
Medium-bodied
Bright
Concentrated
Andre Caillard, MW
Decanter
James Suckling
Antonio Galloni MW, Vinous
Wine Spectator
(95+) Lisa Perroti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate
Biodynamic Winery

The name ‘Sauternes’ might get all the attention when it comes to dessert wines from Bordeaux, but Sauternes’ sub-region of Barsac also produces ‘nectar of the gods’ that’s equally intense. When you see the scores and reviews for the 2015 Climens, it’s quite clear that Barsac delivers the goods. Decanter says, “It stands out from the rest [with] lift and tension. A beautiful wine that keeps on delivering.” James Suckling doesn’t mince his words when he says, “Great concentration and textural complexity right from the tip of your tongue to the end of the extremely long, very pure finish [with] at least 50 years of aging potential!” Fortunately, it presents very well now - no need to wait half a lifetime! Savour the wine’s frangipani, pineapple chews, ginger and creme brulee / toffee lift. A truly stunning wine that shows how complex and engaging top-end dessert wines are.

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