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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%.


Domaine Mas Amiel, Maury Vintage Rouge 2015 (1x75cl)

The large (155-hectare) Mas Amiel estate is the leading independent producer in Maury, a small region within the boundaries of the much larger Rivesaltes appellation. The domaine originated in 1816 when Raymond Amiel won the deeds to the property from the Bishop of Perpignan in a game of cards. At that time there was little viticulture at the estate, but after the Phylloxera epidemic the vineyards were replanted. Financial difficulties ensued, however, and the estate was sold to Charles Dupuy in 1910. Dupuy did much to improve quality at the estate and, in 1997, the domaine was bought by current owner Olivier Decelle.

The elegant Maury Rouge is made from 100% Grenache Noir grapes grown organically on southfacing schist and marne soils from very low yields of 25 hl/ha.

See the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Domaine Mas Amiel, Maury Vintage Rouge - fiche technique

Residual sugar = ~85g/litre. This is not a full-on dessert wine, a la Tokaji and Sauternes, but does have marked residual sweetness. Great with cheeses and lower-sugar desserts (as below).

A dark ruby-red in the glass with violet tints. Expressive aromas of framboise, cherry and crème-de-cassis. On the palate, smooth and rich with notes of bitter chocolate and spice all backed up with fine tannins. The finish is lengthy with spicy notes. Great with strawberry and basil ice cream, chocolate pound cake or a raspberry galette.

ABV = 16.5%. 


Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito Di Pantelleria 2017 (1x75cl)

Awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details and review).

For other 2020 DWWA winners, click here.

The 2016 vintage was awarded a Platinum medal and 98 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details)

For other 2019 DWWA winners, click here.

The 2016 vintage was also awarded 97 points and Outstanding status by Decanter ( in their May 2019 article  on producer Donnafugata (see blue link below).

Donnafugata, Ben Rye 2016 - May 2019 Decanter review

The 2015 vintage was awarded a Platinum Medal, 97 points and Best in Show status at the 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details).

The Rallo family has made wine in Marsala since 1851 and their ancient cellars tunnel beneath the city. They were one of the first families to begin making high quality table wine when sales of traditional Marsala started to decline, launching the Donnafugata label in 1983 and championing the potential of the region's native varieties. Today, Donnafugata has three estates in Sicily. Donnafugata means 'fleeing woman' and is a reference to Queen Maria Carolina, who escaped the court of Naples in the early 19th Century with her husband, Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, when Napoleon's troops arrived. The couple took refuge in Sicily at the Santa Margherita Belice palace, also the favourite residence of celebrated writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and depicted on the 'Mille e Una Notte' label.

To see an excellent information sheet and tasting note for this wine produced by the team at Donnafugata, please click on the blue link below.

Donnafugata Ben Ryé 2017 - fiche technique

100% Zibibbo (Muscat of Alexandria).

Brilliant amber in colour, Ben Ryé is wonderfully fresh and complex. The bouquet is intense and fragrant - aromas of apricots and candied citrus zest combine with notes of Mediterranean thyme and rosemary. The palate is well-defined and intense, with pleasant sweetness well balanced by fresh acidity and great minerality. The finish is long and persistent - a captivating Passito di Pantelleria.

ABV = 14.5%.

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