White - Sweet/Dessert

1998 Château Climens

Sémillon

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Sauternais
  • Barsac
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Community Tasting Notes 44

  • thelostverse wrote: 93 points

    March 23, 2019 - 4th Saturday Group. Yellow gold. Notes of honey and apricot.

  • AllRed wrote: 92 points

    March 23, 2019 - 4th Saturday group uptown tasting (R&D's): Deep golden yellow color. Apricot and pineapple on the nose and palate. Picks up more tropical fruit in the lingering finish. Honeyed fruit elements as well. Very nice.

  • drjb Likes this wine: 92 points

    December 3, 2018 - At the Pamplemousse Grill, Solana Beach, CA. This is an elegant bottle of Climens that while not especially intense has a great sense of line and balance that make it a lovely finish to a meal. The colour is a pale copper-gold with a nose of apricot, Seville orange, grapefruit and honey with a palate of finely defined fruit that lingers and is balanced by a fine acid/tannin construct. It conveys the magic of Barsac very well for middling vintage.

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  • bjlcrucrazy Likes this wine: 89 points

    October 14, 2018 - perfect ending to a lovely meal at Churchill's from Half bottle, paired great with Parmesan Reggiani from Modena that Bryce the genius somehow obtained at Churchill's!!

  • redders Likes this wine: 93 points

    April 2, 2018 - Colour still pale. Fantastic energy on the nose. Brilliantly poised balance of acidity fruit with a hint of botrytis. Absolutely delicious and still young. Just lacks a bit of intensity and length to be even better.

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    July/August 2001, IWC Issue #97 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    September 2011 (link) 15 points

    (Chateau Climens (Barsac)) From a half bottle. In the glass it has a really vibrant, polished-gold hue. An attractive nose follows, with a set of aromas centred around orange, with tinges of barley sugar and bitter orange fruit, bringing to mind notes of orange pith, candied zest and even a tinge of Seville marmalade. And behind that, there is a soft, chalky, crumbly minerality. But above all, it is the bitter element behind the fruit that makes the most impact. Very fleshy at the start, a wine that immediately shows an oily texture, before it carries the fruit into the midpalate. It is certainly not overly simple despite the vintage's reputation, as the wine carries a bitter, phenolic layer which I find quite attractive, alongside the rather soft orange fruit. Nor is it richly sweet, although it is quite mellifluous and it has a nice grip. This is not the most extravagant or seductive of vintages, nevertheless it has some appeal, especially in the finish, which features a flourish of bitter and grippy elements first, then a little layer of sweetness, with a particularly toasty, caramelly edge. Although I like the savoury-bitter elements here, the major deficiency here is in the definition of the wine, as I would like to see a more precise frame of acidity providing some backbone for all that oily substance; it all seems a bit 'soft focus' still.

  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2008 (link) 15.5+ points

    (Chateau Climens Barsac) From a half bottle. An appealing golden hue in the glass. The nose offers plenty of interest, which is certainly notable; there are some interesting organic tones, a touch of rôti, toffee but also fresh mint. The palate is cool and fresh although it quickly fattens up, developing a richer and slightly more complex character in the midpalate. The first flourish of real hope comes in the finish, as the wine releases a small but undeniable panoply of toffee and caramel character. This has undeniable metal. There is a little bitterness through the midpalate, however, and the wine perhaps lacks the concentration, acidity and also the precision of a truly great bottle, but all the same there is some pleasure to be had here.

  • By Chris Kissack
    June 2007 (link) 15 points

    (Chateau Climens Barsac) Nice, crystal clear, golden hue. Nose very concentrated, sweet, candied marmalade fruit. Oranges, floral, peppery. Certainly outgoing and appealing. Nice, creamy weight, not the most forward acidity ever experienced, but a nice broad presence on the palate, certainly good sweetness, a little depth and character. A little stretched out in the midpalate, with good woody grip and not really enough presence to cope. Not quite the acidity or balance that I recall from my last tasting, but this is a good effort for the vintage I think.

  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2004 (link) 16 points

    (Chateau Climens Barsac) A very gentle nose leading to a precise, vibrant, beautifully balanced palate, although without any great presence of botrytis. Lovely texture and appropriate structure. Surprisingly for Climens, reflecting the vintage perhaps, this is absolutely ready now. I think this would offer very good value as this vintage is not highly regarded.

  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2012 (link) 15 points

    (Château Climens (Barsac)) From a half bottle. A wine I tasted only last year and I remember it well; the colour has the same rich, golden hue, and the nose has the same plump, open, easy-going style of fruit. There is barley sugar, soft and runny marmalade, as well as the previously noted minerality although it seems to take on a particular earthy, gamey, smoky character in this instance. There's even a suggestion of baked ham. The palate is soft and open, with some savoury notes behind the overt sweetness, and plenty of bitter backbone. There is appeal here, but this isn't a great vintage for Climens I feel, and that is true of the Sauternes appellation as a whole I think. Caramel, dry baked sugary orange fruit in the finish, and a lingering rich finish. A decent wine.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1998
  • Type White - Sweet/Dessert
  • Producer Château Climens
  • Varietal Sémillon
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Sauternais
  • Appellation Barsac

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  • Pending Delivery 12 (2%)
  • In Cellars 554 (73%)
  • Consumed 196 (26%)

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