** THIS WINE IS NOT HELD IN STOCK BUT QUICKLY BROUGHT IN TO ORDER. ORDERS PLACED BY 9am EACH MONDAY WILL BE WITH US FOR IMMEDIATE DESPATCH ON THE WEDNESDAY. **
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 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.
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%.