2016 Chateau Climens Sauternes-Barsac

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It's hard to believe that nectar this exquisite, from one of the top Chateau in all of Sauternes, is less than $100 for a bottle. 
“Expressive, with peach, mirabelle plum, mango and pear fruit flavors running along in unison, lacing with light bitter almond and orange notes and a flash of honeysuckle. Best from 2022 through 2038”- WS 
A few bottles of this will feel like a giveaway in 15 years, especially during your first encounter with it in the company of an apricot tart.

Total Varietal Composition %:
100% Semillon
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Wine Advocate

The 2016 Climens was tasted from the 12 different lots that will go into the Grand Vin, with some selected from the Deuxième Vin, Cyprès de Climens. As usual, I had to assemble them in my mind and relate commonalities, though at a négoçiant a week later I re-tasted four preprepared micro-blends. I found much elegance this year. It is not a powerful Climens in the making and even with the higher alcohol lots that reached 14.9%, you could not feel any warmth and the wines maintained the tension. Some lots displayed saline finishes, perhaps a little more than usual. Perhaps the most important factor was just how "Barsac" they all tasted. Sometimes some lots can taste more Sauternes-like in style, but not this year.