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Cyprès de Climens Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Barsac 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Picked in just two tries, 90% picked in one trie, tasting through 13 separate<br/>lots, the core components of a great Climens appear to be in place. Paying<br/>particular attention to the lots that constitute a large percentage of the<br/>blend (usually around 15%) the common themes are ones of great purity,<br/>persistency and precision. The aromatics display pure honey, minerals,<br/>occasionally a faint scent of spearmint and white peach, most with spellbinding<br/>precision. On the palate, Berenice Lurton has some stupendous lots at her<br/>disposal, with ample botrytis, ethereal definition, one or two more powerful,<br/>quite spicy lots and others that are shorter and will undoubtedly lend the<br/>blend an acidic cut. It will be a joy to taste this after bottling. <br/>(Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - April 2010)

External Reviews for Cyprès de Climens Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc Blend Barsac

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
11/20/2013

Full red with ruby tones. Incredible high-pitched nose combines raspberry, pepper, rose petal, red licorice, crushed stone, flowers, menthol and eucalyptus. The palate offers extraordinary sweetness but the wine’s minerally lift and intense sappiness gives it a weightless impression. Shows the noble side of Corton grand cru, not to mention uncanny intensity; Faiveley made 42 hectoliters per hectare in 2009, but the wine tastes like half that. Finishes with incredible length and verve; offhand, I can’t think of a longer 2009. Should be a cellar treasure.


External Review
Source: Vintners Cru
03/15/2012

94-97 Points "($347); two-thirds new oak; has the highest pH of these 2009s, at 3.7) Red-ruby. Knockout multidimensional nose combines red berries, licorice, orange peel and pungent smoky minerality. Dense, sappy, sweet and very young; much more about soil than pinot noir fruit. Offers intriguing saline and orange peel notes, plus a licorice quality that Hervet says comes from soil rich in silica (like Vosne-Romanee Les Reignots). Wonderfully tactile finish offers outstanding lift and some sweet new oak. This got better and better in the glass." Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 11, Stephen Tanzer "The best 2009s resemble the '59s in their mocha and coffee notes," said super-consultant Bernard Hervet, adding that mocha is a characteristic of wines made from grapes with very ripe seeds. Other vintages with very ripe seeds, he added, include 2003, 1999, 1990, 1985, 1969, 1964 and 1949. But no Faiveley wine is over 13.6% in 2009, including those that received a bit of chaptalization to draw out their fermentations. Faiveley did a touch more extraction in 2009, and more post-fermentation maceration: according to Hervet, "when the wines are so thoroughly ripe, you can exaggerate them a little bit." Some of the malos finished very early while others only ended in June. The pHs of the 2009s are roughly 0.15 higher than those of the 2008s, noted Hervet; for example, the grand crus tend to be around 3.6, compared to 3.43 for the same wines in 2008, "but the 2009s are strong due to their balance." Hervet believes that the best '09s have greater overall balance than the 2005s, although he considers 2005 to be the better vintage at the level of the village wines." Stephen Tanzer


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
11/14/2013

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. -Neal Martin Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
12/15/2011

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


External Review
Source: Morrell & Company
03/22/2012

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.


External Review
11/20/2013

Red-ruby. Very ripe aromas of cassis, licorice and flowers enlivened by cooler crushed stone and mineral notes. Sweet, suave and fine-grained; primary, juicy and densely packed. Finishes with substantial but refined tannins and excellent length. Very promising. Hervet noted that Faiveley vinified most of the 2009s with about 25% whole clusters with the objective of “civilizing the tannins.”


External Review
11/20/2013

Moderate floral notes add breadth to the very fresh and earthy red currant and plum aromas that lead to precise, vibrant and attractively transparent medium-bodied flavors that are complex, serious and persistent. This is a classic Nuits with fine balance.


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Picked in just two tries, 90% picked in one trie, tasting through 13 separate<br/>lots, the core components of a great Climens appear to be in place. Paying<br/>particular attention to the lots that constitute a large percentage of the<br/>blend (usually around 15%) the common themes are ones of great purity,<br/>persistency and precision. The aromatics display pure honey, minerals,<br/>occasionally a faint scent of spearmint and white peach, most with spellbinding<br/>precision. On the palate, Berenice Lurton has some stupendous lots at her<br/>disposal, with ample botrytis, ethereal definition, one or two more powerful,<br/>quite spicy lots and others that are shorter and will undoubtedly lend the<br/>blend an acidic cut. It will be a joy to taste this after bottling. <br/>(Neal Martin - Wine Advocate - April 2010)

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