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Community Tasting Notes (112) Avg Score: 94.8 points

  • [DELETED EXPLETIVE]. So intense and assertive. Exploding with energy. Nutty and oily, viscous yet dancing with lightness, and every fruit on the planet concentrated in one jewel of unspeakable intensity and breathtaking beauty. Staggering and spectacular.

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  • I’ve been talking about doing a Sauternes and Pineapple Upside Down Cake for a decade but, couldn’t find a bakery to make one. So, I had to make one. The Sauternes is a 96. The pairing is a 10

    Everything about the Sauternes is married in the pineapple upside down cake. Old school meets old school. Clemens the second best Sauternes producer after D’ Yquem.

    At En Primeur in 2014, we spent a day in Sauternes & Barsac…eight Chateau’s and multiple vintages. We component tasted at Clemens. Great day. The highlight wasn’t D’Yquem, it was component tasting at Clemens. After eight Chateau’s, we went to Guiraud to taste 50 more Sauternes in an hour and then dinner. When we finished the 50 Sauternes, I wanted to go to the dentist for a teeth cleaning rather than have dinner I had so much RS in my mouth. Tasted nearly 2500 wines in 6 days.

    This note is being written the next day with leftover Pineapple Upside down cake and 2003 Clemens.

    This has a classic Sauternes nose of heather honey, marmalade, dry citrus and stone fruits with nuts with skin & waxy notes.

    The palate is super thick, lush, waxy with ripe botrytis fruits of dry; pineapple, stone fruits. Orange-tangerine, lemon, lime, grapefruit citrus, marmalade, honey dripping, coconut shavings, nuts with skin, candied walnuts, saline, white spice, caramel, vanillin, wet marl, soft but strong edgy chalk, molasses notes, fruit blossoms, yellow lilies & flowers, spring white florals, excellent, very round acidity, balanced, excellent structure, well woven and smartly polished finish that lasts minutes.

    From 750ml

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  • Dessert wine with last weeks Thanksgiving meal. Half bottle. Paired wonderfully with a variety of pies and pastries. Honey orange peel, ginger.

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  • Dried apricot, saffron and golden currant on the nose. Touches of fresh peach and orange blossom. Full bodied and fresh on the palate with waves of honeyed spice. Long finish with fresh and dried peach and honey. Drink now or hold.

    WSET Notes:

    Deep amber.

    Pronounced on the nose with golden currant, saffron, orange blossom, peach, dried apricot, honey, nutmeg and hazelnut. Developing.

    Pronounced and sweet on the palate. Full body, high alcohol, high acidity, long finish.

    Can drink now but has potential for aging.

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  • A beautiful Sauternes and a beautiful amber color. 100% Semillon. Honey, orange peel, apricot, ginger. So delicious!

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  • By Lyle Fass
    11/30/2006, (See more on Rockss and Fruit...)

    (Climens) Very minerally nose with the requisite botrytis and a big opulent palate but with a nice granular texture on the finish. Really hard to judge and some heat poking out. Closed it seemed.

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