Barsac Premier Cru, Ch. Climens
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Half-Bottle of Barsac Premier Cru, Ch. Climens - 2015

Item # 36854 375mL

Adjacent to Sauternes (to the north), Barsac produces some of the finest botrytized dessert wines in France. The mild weather in the spring and the dry summer contributed greatly to the conditions needed for botrytis to form in the fall. Harvest started in early September and continued when botrytis formed on the grapes into the first week of October.

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The Sauternes region in Bordeaux is home to some of the most exquisite dessert wines in the world. And with good reason: the dewy morning mists and afternoon sunshine create the perfect alchemy for noble rot, which gives us the distinctive honied richness of wines such as Yquem. Within the region is Barsac, whose distinctive soils have allowed it to use its own village name on the label. They tend to be lighter and brighter than other Sauternes but still infused with the signature notes of Botrytis. They've been making wine at Ch. Climens since the mid-1500s but since 2011 have been fully biodynamic. Made entirely of semillon, the wine is filled with aromas of honeysuckle, candied orange and marzipan echo on the palate along with stone fruits, lemon curd and ginger. This is an exceptional wine with lots of lift and energy.

- ALM

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