Chateau Climens today, and over the past decade or two, has become one of the most popular producers of Sauternes wines. Located in the commune of Barsac, Climens is planted on perfect terroir to produce great sweet, Bordeaux wine. The terroir with its soggy, damp, morning weather, and massive amount of limestone is exactly how the estate got its name. In fact, when Climens is translated from the local dialect, the definition means, infertile, poor land.
Chateau Climens has a long history in the Bordeaux wine region. It dates all the way back to back to 1547. Skipping ahead a few centuries to the 1855 Classification, not only was Climens given a status that was only bested by Chateau d’Yquem, that same year, the estate was purchased that same year by Henri Gounouilhou.
It remained the property of the Gounouilhou family until 1971, when Lucien Lurton of Chateau Brane Cantenac bought the property. Lucien Lurton purchased Château Doisy Dubroca in 1971 as well. Starting in 1992, Climens has been managed by his daughter Berenice Lurton, who was only 22 years old at the time.
The 28.3 hectare Barsac vineyard of Chateau Climens is planted to 100% Semillon grapes. On average, the vines are 35 years of age. At one time, there was a minor amount of Muscadelle planted. However, after the Lurton family purchased the estate in 1972, those vines were removed.
The terroir is extremely chalky and filled with limestone, sand and clay soils on the Barsac plateau. This is a perfect fit for the Semillon grape. Even though the vineyard can be subdivided into 20 different parcels, the vineyard is one large block on the peak of the plateau of Barsac.
2009 Château Climens
97 Points – Neal Martin, “The Wine Advocate” (June 2016)
“The 2009 Climens is certainly more expressive on the nose compared to the 2010 Climens
with potent honeysuckle, fresh pear and orange blossom that gently unfurl from the glass.
Compared to the 2009 Rieussec for example, this is a powerful but not quite as flamboyant.
The palate is just fantastic, so energetic and tensile with layers of minerally, honeyed fruit laced
with spice, sea salt, a touch of licorice and quince. It will be a multi-dimensional Climens that
has a very long future ahead, a killer Sauternes that is going to give a great deal of pleasure
over many years. Tasted April 2016.”