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2016 Chateau Climens
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A rarity in the area, the vineyard at Chateau Climens is planted to 100% Semillon on chalky limestone, sand and clay soils. Situated in the Barsac area of Sauternes, Climens will display a touch more richness than its Barsac peers, but as always ample sugar is balanced by suitably high acid levels. The wine is aged in 35%-45% new French oak for up to two years depending on the quality and style of the vintage.
I tasted the 2016 Climens from four separate lots identified by location, harvest dates, alcohol, residual sugar and the percentage each lot represents of the harvest. The four wines were remarkably different. The Nord was both plush and tropical-leaning, yet with notable freshness, while the Sud managed to be both deep and also light on its feet. I found the Ouest to be the most precise and aromatically lifted of the samples, while the Est was the most concentrated. A simple, impromptu blend of the four lots suggests the 2016 Climens is shaping up to be a magnificent Barsac. The interplay of the various components is quite remarkable.