The 2009 Climens has a clean and pure bouquet with honey and brioche aromas, like pure sunlight! The palate is fresh and crisp with superb botrytised fruit. Great tension and a dash of ginger and lemongrass spice up the detailed finish. This is a Climens that is only just beginning to demonstrate what is capable of. Bon vin! Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. 2020 - 2070
|Score: 96||Neal Martin, vinous.com, March 2019|
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 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.
|Score: 97||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (225), June 2016|
The samples tasted in Southwold were not correct and therefore I requested a bottle to be included in this report that was tasted one week later. Suffice to say, it was completely different and much more representative. Here the 2009 displays a wonderful bouquet of honeysuckle, almond and a hint of creme caramel that is beautifully defined. The palate has a creamy entry with patently a good deal of oak that needs to be subsumed. The balance is just exquisite, the line of acidity perfectly pitched and moreover, there is that paradoxical mixture of weight and levity that makes Climens what it is. The finish blossoms with quince, almond and honey and lingers long in the mouth. This is surely destined to be a top tier Climens that will last the usual decades. Drink 2014-2050.
|Score: 97||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com (205), February 2013|
Picked in just two tries, 90% picked in one trie, tasting through 13 separate lots, the core components of a great Climens appear to be in place. Paying particular attention to the lots that constitute a large percentage of the blend (usually around 15%) the common themes are ones of great purity, persistency and precision. The aromatics display pure honey, minerals, occasionally a faint scent of spearmint and white peach, most with spellbinding precision. On the palate, Berenice Lurton has some stupendous lots at her disposal, with ample botrytis, ethereal definition, one or two more powerful, quite spicy lots and others that are shorter and will undoubtedly lend the blend an acidic cut. It will be a joy to taste this after bottling.
|Score: 96/98||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010|
Pale gold, the 2009 Climens offers up a fabulously fragrant nose of green tea, chamomile, powdered ginger, lemon marmalade and fallen leaves with suggestions of spice cake and preserved mandarin peel. The palate is super intense with vibrant, energetic fruit and layer upon layer of perfume and spice nuances, finishing very long and incredibly youthful. 2019-2050
|Score: 97+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (March 2019), March 2019|
As usual, there was no final blend of Climens to taste, but a succession of barrel samples representing each picking, rather fewer than usual in 2009 since the vintage was so successful. The first lot, picked on 28 Sep, was incredibly rich and pure and full-bodied. And then the 3 Oct lot was, amazingly, even richer and heavier. Apparently 90% of the crop was picked between 2 and 9 Oct in unusually warm conditions. Two lots picked on 5 Oct showed that the afternoon lot was nervier than the morning lot. Unlike in 2005, for example, the last lots, such as the one picked on 8 Oct, were less rather than more concentrated, and delightfully racy. Great blend of richness, raciness and life. This should be very special indeed and I may be under-scoring it. Date tasted 29th March 2010. Drink 2020-2045.
|Score: 18.5+||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010|
Without doubt this is consistently the finest wine of Barsac. Unfortunately it is not normally "assembled" in time for the en primeur tasting week so we rarely get to taste it.
| ||Farr Vintners, January 2010|
As usual we tasted from cask, 14 in total, mostly from different days and different times of the day. The picking ran from late September until mid October and the range of styles, fragrances, concentrations was wonderful. The last two barrels were possible blends and both were very special. There is a charming fragrance about the year with the richness of apricot and orange peel beautifully balanced by the slightly fresher fragrant mix of tropical fruits. There is real pleasure in store. Drink 2020-2055.
|Score: 95/99||Derek Smedley MW, April 2010|
Impossible to give a mark because the final blend is not made, but the tasting of the different lots in barrel indicate that Climens will probably surpass all its great successes of the past and reach the highest imagineable level, with a perfect 2009 balance between richness and elegance.
| ||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2010|