1988 Climens, Barsac
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1988 reveals layer upon layer of honeyed pineapple-and orange-scented and -flavored fruit, vibrant acidity, high levels of botrytis, and a fabulously long, yet well-focused finish. It is a great wine. (RP)
Youthful yellow color, with aromas of sliced lemons, lemon tart, and tropical fruit. Medium- to full-bodied, with medium sweetness and a lively fruity finish. Lots of dried fruit and spicy botrytis character. Refined and balanced. —'88/'98 Bordeaux blind retrospective (2008). Drink now. (Web-2009)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Green-edged straw color. Sweet butter, marzipan and a bright, riesling-like note of petrol on the nose. Fresh, firm and sharply delineated; the least rich and the driest of these three vintages, in the style of the year. But quite concentrated. Intriguing note of white raisin. Finishes very long and firm, with a slight sensation of disjointed acidity. Fairly dry on the back end.
Medium gold like the 1989 and paler than the 1991. Subtle dried apricots on the nose. Deep and intense lemon and honey on the nose. A perfect flu remedy. Viscous and full and yet with terrific bright acidity leading to a mouthwatering finish full of orange zest and pizazz. Powerful and very youthful with just a slight warmth on the finish due to the higher than average alcohol. (18.5/20 Score)