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Chateau Climens 2023
Château: Chateau Climens 2023

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James Suckling 93/100

Aromas of dried mushroom. Full body, bright acidity and a volatile undertone. Some spice. Not showing right at first but then opens into a pretty fresh and spice Sauternes.

Neal Martin Vinous

The 2023 Climens was picked from September 26 to October 3, with 80% aged in new oak barrels and 20% in WineGlobes. It is a perplexing sample. Of course, now under new ownership, there is greater use of WineGlobes in the blend. On the nose, I find myself searching for the Climens that I know and love. It's as if it has vanished from the room without a trace. The palate is better and amply weighted, but it just feels anonymous in a Sauternes vintage full of personality. I am not going to give a score based on this sample; I will wait until it’s in bottle.

Jancis Robinson 17+/20

100% Sémillon. RS 130 g/l. 2.7 hl/ha. Certified organic and biodynamic (Demeter). Cask sample. Pale gold hue. Pure and lifted, the botrytis character evident. Marmalade and tropical-fruit notes. Bitter-botrytised attack. Gently sweet with a defining acidity and freshness (more so than 2022). Clean, fresh and long on the finish. Very Barsac. Drink 2028 - 2048

Antonio Galloni Vinous 93-96/100

The 2023 Climens is a dense, racy Barsac. Today is embryonic, but the potential is there. A wine of textural resonance, Climens offers up an exotic mélange of dried apricot, pear, spice, dried flowers, orange peel and passion fruit. I am very much looking forward to tasting this in bottle. Drink 2030 - 2063

Jane Anson 96/100

How it is possible to sculpt such an opulent but precise and delicious wine out of such a tiny yield of 2.7hl/h is beyond me, but somehow Climens has achieved it. Stunning depths of juicy peach, nectarine, white tea, white truffle, pinceapple, saffron, mint, concentrated but aerian with a slice of steel. Just 4,000 bottles produced instead of the normal 10,00010h, 130g/l residual sugar. A tought vintage for Climens owner Jean-Hubert Moitry, but the results are impressive. Drink 2025 - 2040