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Chateau Climens, 1er CC, Barsac 2009 (1x75cl)



Awarded 97 points and Outstanding status by Decanter ( in June 2019 (see link below).

Chateau Climens, 1er CC, Barsac 2009 - June 2019 Decanter review


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 ( 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.

Semillon 100%.

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%.


Cullen Red Moon Mangan 2017 (1x75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their December 2019 feature, Weekday Wines (see blue link below).

Cullen Red Moon Mangan 2017 - December 2019 Decanter review

Cullen Wines is a certified biodynamic, carbon neutral and naturally powered estate, with their philosophy summed up in three simple words; ‘Quality, Integrity and Sustainability’. It is one of the oldest and most awarded family wineries in Wilyabrup, in Western Australia’s famous Margaret River region. First established in 1971 by Dr Kevin and Diana Cullen and now run by their daughter Vanya, the winery has built an outstanding reputation for fine certified biodynamic wines that receive critical national and international acclaim. All wines are produced with grapes grown on the Cullen and adjoining Mangan Estates. Both are certified biodynamic, to allow the soil to be nurtured and the wines to reflect their sense of place.

This wine takes its name from the 'Red Moon' which occurs during a total lunar eclipse when the light filtering through the Earth’s atmosphere dapples the moon in red light. This penumbral lunar eclipse occurred on 11th February 2017 during harvest. The grapes are grown on a single vineyard in the Wilyabrup subregion of the Margaret River. The soils are old, granite and gravely sandy loam, overlaying lateric subsoils. Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot are three varieties that are particularly well suited to growing in this area. In the 'Red Moon' wine, the Malbec provides the fruit power and colour, the Petit Verdot the length and texture and the Merlot the structure.

The 2017 harvest was challenging both in the vineyard and the winery. A traditionally wet winter was followed by slightly cooler than average spring and summer temperatures - a cold and stormy October contributing to a slow start in the vineyard. Fine conditions in November with below average rainfall and above average temperatures ensured veraison was only slightly delayed and the slow accumulation of flavour and ripeness ensured the fruit maintained good natural acidity levels. Above average rainfall in March made harvest decisions tricky but below average rainfall and fine weather in April supplied a nice finish for a vintage that has delivered great quality and quantity.

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested, destemmed and vinified with the emphasis on accentuating the fruit character of the grapes. Only wild yeasts were used. The wine was matured for nine months in French oak barriques, 10% of which were new. It received no additives except the requisite sulphur and was not fined.

57% Malbec, 37% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot.

This wine is medium red in colour with hints of ruby. On the nose, there are plum and cherry aromas that are accompanied by lifted floral notes. The palate has a very attractive blend of juicy dark cherry, blueberry and hints of spice. Well-balanced acidity is backed by fine grained tannins on the long savoury finish.

ABV = 12.0%.


Millton Riverpoint Viognier 2016 (1x75cl)

The 2015 vintage was awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter ( in their September 2018 edition panel tasting of "Alternative" New Zealand Whites (not Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay) (see blue link below)...

Millton Riverpoint Viognier 2015 - Sept 2018 Decanter review

James Millton is a living legend in the New Zealand wine scene. A pioneer of organic and biodynamic winemaking, he has ploughed his own furrow for three decades, quietly convinced that his sustainable approach to viticulture and winemaking was the only way to progress.  

The Millton winery's own tasting notes for this wine are excellent, so please click the blue link below to see all this wine's details.

100% Viognier.

Millton Riverpoint Viognier 2016 – fiche technique

ABV = 12.5%.

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