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1998 Climens, Barsac

SKU #1000024 91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JS, Web Only—2008) Inner quote mark

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted at Chateau Climens. Although this has a similar hue to the ’99, the nose blossoms in the glass, with clear honey, tangerine and a touch of barley sugar. Very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied, slightly waxy on the entry with touches of apricot, barley sugar and spice. The finish just lacks a little weight and length, quite linear compared to others. A little short. The bouquet is better than the nose in this year. (NM) Inner quote mark (7/2009)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark 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. 17.5/20 points. (JH) Inner quote mark (5/2009)

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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