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Awarded 97 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in June 2019 (see link below).
Here's a thing: this wine has been tasted and reviewed no fewer than eight times between 2010 and 2019 by Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.Jancis.Robinson.com). In those reviews, it averages 18 points (which, as Jancis followers will know, is a very high score indeed) with a progressive and slight improvement over time. All reviews make great play of its potency, opulence and ageworthiness.
A first growth/Premier Cru Sauternes since 1855, Château Climens has long been called the Lord of Barsac or Yquem of Barsac due to the incomparable elegance and freshness of its wines. Climens’ strong personality is derived above all from its unique limestone terroir and the unfailing professionalism of successive winemaking teams. Lucien Lurton, an emblematic winegrowing figure, purchased Chateau Climens in 1971. The 31-hectare estate was taken over by his youngest daughter in 1992. Assisted by her team, Bérénice Lurton manages Climens with the respect and tenacity it takes to make the most of this unique terroir. It is in this spirit that the estate has been entirely cultivated according to biodynamic principles since 2010.
Harvesting at Climens is extremely delicate. An experienced team sorts out and gathers only the grapes affected by the famous botrytis noble rot. Wine processing is done in barrels in order to intensify each batch’s complexity and balance before proceeding to a very meticulous combination. Maturing continues for 20-22 months in barrels renewed (ie new French oak) by 35 to 60% each vintage.
Residual sugar = 151g/litre.
As a tasting note, the Château say: This noble sweet white wine graceful and weightless is a subtle wine like no other. This special grace is blessed with extraordinary aromatic palette, mingling perfumes of flowers, fruits, spices and often 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, mandarin), fresh fruit and white flowers. Sweet spices and other deeper, confected fruit flavours will develop with the passing of time.
Of 2009, the Château also say: "Reached the summits of flavour and voluptuousness, charm in its pure state!"
ABV = 14.0%.
The 2014 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2018 edition review of 2014 Californian Cabernet Sauvignon (see blue link below).
The yet-to-be-released-in-the-UK 2015 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2018 edition review of 2015 Californian Cabernet Sauvignon (see blue link below).
Raymond Vineyards, founded in 1970, is one of the Napa Valley’s pioneering estates. The Raymond family arrived in Napa in 1933 and have become deeply connected to the valley’s winemaking origins. In 1970, they established a 36 hectare estate in Rutherford, which now comprises 121 hectares in Rutherford, St. Helena and Jameson Canyon. Raymond’s Rutherford and St. Helena estate vineyards are certified organic and biodynamic; and 100% of the winery’s power comes from renewable solar energy. Five generations of the Raymond family have created a Napa icon, with an enduring reputation for elegant wines with a beautiful balance of finesse, opulence and complexity.
In honour of the Raymond family’s first harvest in 1974, 40 years of exceptional wines are celebrated with the 2014 Napa Valley Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2014 vintage in Napa Valley was one of the earliest harvested vintages in years. A warm spring led to early bud break and created the perfect environment for flowering and fruit set. With warm days and cool nights, the ideal balance of acidity with optimum, bright fruit flavours was achieved.
The grapes for the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from the vineyards in Rutherford and St. Helena, as well as select nearby growers. The estate vineyards are located on gravelly alluvial fan soils with good drainage, necessary for growing excellent quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyards are diligently monitored throughout the growing season to balance the crop size and quality. Shoot thinning and leaf removal early in the growing season, followed by cluster thinning at véraison, help to achieve evenly ripened grapes with concentrated flavours.
The 2016 vintage across California was a near-perfect growing season. A mild winter and spring led to a steady mild July and August, followed by warm days at the end of the season for the perfect ripeness. With warm days and cool nights in the summer, grape growers were able to maintain ideal acid levels with balanced, concentrated fruit flavors.
This wine spent between 21 and 63 days on the skins, then was aged for 19 months in 100% French oak, of which 30% was new. The balance was aged in twice and thrice used French oak. The final blend includes a small proportion of additional varieties for added depth and complexity. The wine was bottled unfiltered, contributing greater texture and presence to the mid palate.
With inviting aromas of dark spices and currants that mingle with fresh raspberry and blueberry, the round and plush entry is complemented by toasted oak and a fruit compote creating a velvety texture. Flavours of dark berry fruits and spice continue through to the long and rich finish creating a wine of great density.
Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Petit Verdot 4%, Merlot 3%, Malbec 2% and Petite Sirah 1%
ABV = 15.0%.