1998 Climens, Barsac

SKU #1000024 91-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 No tasting note given. (RP)  (4/2000)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Plenty of dried apricots, with cream and vanilla on the nose. Full-bodied and medium sweet, with a tart tartine and vanilla cream aftertaste, with hints of tea. (Web Only—2008)

Jancis Robinson

 Mid gold. Spicy linseed nose but also pure and peachy orange fruit. Delicate and much lighter in texture in the mouth and less intoxicating. Finesse, purity and delicacy on the finish and a bitter orange aftertaste to enhance the freshness, even though the acidity is (analytically) quite moderate.  (5/2009)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright green-tinged yellow. Fine, highly nuanced nose combines yellow plum, peach, grapefruit, vanilla and toast, along with cooler menthol and mineral notes. Very bright and very young; not yet showing its flesh. Not especially sweet, even for Barsac, with a reported 49 g/l r.s. Currently the flavors are dominated by new oak scents of toffee and vanilla (the wine was aged in 50% new barrels, compared to a typical 33%). (ST)  (7/2001)

K&L Notes

We tasted seven different vats of unblended barrel samples and they went from a lemony, elegant Sauvignon Blanc barrel to a honeyed, thick, rich Semillon barrel. The end product has the best qualities of each, merged seamlessly.

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