Château Climens, Barsac Premier Cru

Château Climens, Barsac Premier Cru, 2013

  • icon-type Type

    White

  • icon-year Year

    2013

  • icon-style Style

    Sweet

  • icon-country Country

    France

  • icon-alcohollevel Alcohol level

    14%

  • icon-grapevariety Grape variety
    Semillon 100%

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 characterised 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.

About Château Climens

On the left bank of the Garonne, an enclave within the Graves region in the south-west of Bordeaux, the Sauternes-Barsac appellation is a tiny region where the most prestigious sweet white wines in the world are made. The Grands Crus from Sauternes and Barsac were classified in 1855 at the same time as the Grands Crus from Médoc. Château Climens belongs to the First Classed Growths of 1855.

Within the Sauternes appellation, the village of Barsac is the only one to benefit from its own appellation: its terroir, with a predominance of limestone gives different wines, often less opulent than those from Sauternes, but generally endowed with greater freshness in terms of balance and aromatic expression.

The Barsac vineyard stands out across the heart of the rolling landscapes of the Gironde. Dry stone walls echo the rows of vines, indicating the four enclosures of Climens that surround the château’s 30 hectares situated on the appellation’s highest land where limestone outcrops are abundant.

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 characterised 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.

Grape variety
Sémillon

Sémillon is a golden-skinned grape used to make dry and sweet white wines, mostly in France and Australia. Its thin skin and susceptibility to botrytis make it dominate the sweet wine region Sauternes AOC and Barsac AOC.

Sémillon, which is relatively easy to cultivate, consistently produces six to eight tons of grapes per acre from its vigorous vines. It is fairly resistant to disease, except for rot. The grape ripens early, when, in warmer climates, it acquires a pinkish hue. Since the grape has a thin skin, there is also a risk of sunburn in hotter climates; it is best suited to areas with sunny days and cool nights.

The Sémillon grape is rather heavy, with low acidity and an almost oily texture. It has a high yield and wines based on it can age a long time. Along with Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle, Sémillon is one of only three approved white wine varieties in the Bordeaux region.

The grape is also key to the production of sweet wines such as Sauternes. For the grapes to be used for sweet wine production, they need to have been affected by Botrytis (also known as "noble rot"). This fungus dries out the grapes, thus concentrating the sugar and flavours in the grape berry.

Alternative Names: Malaga, Chevrier, Columbier, Blanc Doux, Wyndruif

About Barsac

Barsac is a small village about 65 kilometres (40 miles) south of Bordeaux, in the southwest of France. It makes sweet white wines based on the Semillon grape variety.

These are some of the finest wines of their type on Earth. Among the most prominent properties are the Châteaux Climens, Coutet and Doisy Daëne. However, Barsac is less well known overall than the Sauternes appellation within whose borders the zone lies. Vineyard surface area totals 390 hectares (964 acres).

Semillon accounts for about eight in every 10 vines in the local vineyards. Sauvignon Blanc accounts for most of the remaining vineyard area, with smaller amounts Muscadelle and Sauvignon Gris. Semillon gives the wines a broad richness and structure, plus aromas of beeswax, tropical fruit and apricot. Sauvignon Blanc contributes herbal and vegetal aromatics. It also brings sufficient acidity to keep the wines fresh rather than cloying.

The chateau owners and grape growers of Barsac have a unique privilege. They have their very own Barsac appellation, but may also claim the Sauternes title for their wines. Of the four villages that make up the Sauternes AOC viticultural area with Sauternes itself, only Barsac has this honour. (Bommes, Fargues and Preignac are the other three).

The appellation laws for Sauternes and Barsac are identical in all but the territory they cover. In both cases the grapes may be picked - by hand - only when their must weight reaches 221 grams per litre. The same stipulation for the area's dry white wines is just 162g/l.

There are a few subtle differences between Barsac and other parts of the broader Sauternes region. Sauternes village is slightly hillier, which increases the effects of the mists and ultimately leads to more richly botrytised wines. Barsac's flatter sand and limestone based soils create finer, more elegantly flavoured wines.

Barsac's eastern border is formed by the Garonne in the northern half of the zone. Its tributary the Ciron river does the same in the southern half.

This confluence of a smaller, faster running, cooler river with a larger one is a key factor in creating morning mists. These are closely associated with botrytis cinerea (noble rot) formation. Loupiac sits on the other side of the Garonne.

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