The 2005 Chateau Climens is a simply astounding Sauternes. Showing off its golden hue, the wine starts off with an intense bouquet of vanilla creme brulee, honeyed ginger, roasted pineapple and suggestions of butterscotch. The nose is so compelling and complex that it makes you constantly go back to the glass for more. The palate is exceedingly good. Honeyed ginger, lemon curd, vanilla creme brulee, apricot jelly, macadamia nut and butterscotch. The range to this wine is just insanely good as the texture of this wine borders ethereal. Stunning, captivating and simply marvelous, this is a perfect wine made by Chateau Climens and superstar winemaker Berenice Lurton. Drink 2018-2055- 100 — 4 days ago
Met up with @Kimberly Anderson and her hunky husband Chad at Proxi in Chicago and brought a few bottles. The La Mish was youthful but very open and broad knit. A wafting bouquet of crushed rock/violets, blue and black fruits and just an amazingly seamless, powerful, texturally vibrant wine. Had an amazing time with the Anderson’s and my Pop as well :) — 2 months ago
Beautiful garnet color in the glass. Subtle aromas of blue and red fruits with very slight hints of licorice. Elegant flavors of cassis, raspberries and some earthiness with a firm tannic backbone. Nicely integrated with a real sense of where this wine came from. The finish lingers with some oak and acidity coming thru with fruit. Bordeaux has not been my favorite in the past but I am trying to learn more about it. Cheers everyone! — 3 days ago
Last time I tried this was a year and a half ago. At that time I remembered a wine that was a bit out of balance and harshly acidic. Time has done this well. This is an earthy and brambly kind of wine. Black licorice and still a hint of sweeter black dehydrated fruits up front. Middle hasorenof a tar and black tea note. Finishes with tannin nicely integrated. A tiny bit of acidity throughout. Not a ton of experience with this producer or this offering but I would imagine this is at peak..no idea how long it will STAY here, but I don't think this one will do you any favors just sitting in the cellar. Nice offering from Claude. — 17 days ago
Drank 2/17/19. Paired with a NewYork Strip. excellent pairing.
Oringinally purchased at the UGC Bordeaux 2012 tasting, back in 2015. I believe this was 30$ at the time.
Nose of Ripe plums, and tilled soil. Dark flavors of plum and blackberry mix with Black cherry. Ripe with medium well integrated tannins, yet decidedly old world in style. Very approachable now, and should remain so for the next 5+ years.
Still one of the best Olivier Vintages I've had.
3/22/9/5/3 + 50 = 92 pts — 5 days ago
Unfortunately we were not able to give this a proper decant this time. Nonetheless the quality and finesse still shines through. IMO the 2003 is just now entering it prime drinking window. Tannins have softened nicely. Good fruit integration. Still needs a bit of time in the glass to open. Over the course of an hour it was only getting better and better. Wish we had had time to do a 4-5 hr decant. — 5 days ago
2nd wine of Haut Brion @ £120 in top year that I grabbed as a bin end last week for £77 💥 boom - like walking down the street & not stepping in the dog 💩 result 😁
📍 Le Clarence De Haut Brion 2009
🏵 93+ points & should still improve 😉
🍇 46% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon & the rest dollops of Petit Verdot & Cabernet Franc
🍷 Deep opaque ruby
👃 Flint, mineral & gravel in soggy earth through blackberry soaked in smokey oak w/ plum, cracked pencil, dark cherry, herbs, cocoa, raspberry & wet leaves
👄 Med body of smooth rich black berry/currant, dark cherry, plum & raspberry in rock minerals w/ a mocha liquorice undertone
🎯 Med+ dark & red fruit silky mineral kiss w/ a mocha liquorice spank
— 12 days ago