Château Climens is a wine producer located in the Sauternes village of Barsac on the left bank of the Gironde River. It was classified as a first growth in the 1885 Classification of Sauternes and Barsac alongside other Château such as Guiraud and Suduiraut. Climens is one of only a handful of châteaux in Bordeaux that produces its wines from only one grape, Semillon. The wine is characterized by fresh citrus notes, white flowers and spice, which becomes more honeyed and concentrated with age.
The only grape planted in the vineyards at Château Climens is Semillon, which thrives on the limestone-rich soils in the vineyards. Botrytis develops on the grapes because of the misty mornings, humidity and warmer afternoons that are typical during the months before harvest. If the grapes are not of the highest quality, or if botrytis has not properly formed, Bernice Lurton and her team will not produce their grand vin, Château Climens. They have been bold enough in the past to declassify an entire harvest of fruit – selling the grapes off to other producers rather than bottling as their own.