white bordeaux

Bordeaux (White)

Although most famous for its red wines, Bordeaux produces outstanding dry whites, the finest of which come from the Graves (Pessac-Léognan) and the Entre-Deux-Mers. Then of course there are the world's most famous sweet white wines from the adjoining appellations of Sauternes and Barsac, the king of which is Château d'Yquem and its wines of legendary longevity. Two grape varieties dominate both the dry and the sweet wines - Sauvignon and Semillon - both of which reach arguably their greatest potential in Bordeaux.

Château Climens

The website for Château Climens can be found at http://www.chateau-climens.fr/



2000 Château Climens, 1er Cru Barsac 50cl bottles x 6
 6 50cl bottles
"The proprietors are extremely happy with what they were able to produce in 2000. Even though this vintage has a poor reputation, producers who only included the early-picked grapes in their final blends have often turned out nearly exceptional wines. Yields for the 2000 Climens were microscopic (four hectoliters per hectare) and the wine, although somewhat monolithic (I tasted it right after bottling), exhibits honeyed citrus, pineapple, and hints of pears, butter, and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied and elegant, with superb purity (a hallmark of this great estate), it should be at its finest between 2007-2020. 91" Robert Parker in The Wine Advocate #146 
2003 Château Climens, 1er Cru Barsac Halves x 12
 12 Halves
Robert Parker scored this wine twice - 95-98 points in Wine Advocate #158; 97 in Wine Advocate #164. Neal Martin (90 points, Wine Advocate #207) doesn't agree. The reality is probably somewhere between the two - say 93-94 - as the wine is brilliant, though being 2003 is not in the classic, taught Climens style. 

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