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1988 Climens, Barsac

SKU #970011 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (12/1997)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark 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. (JS, Web Only-2009) Inner quote mark

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Extremely rich - like the thickest of cream - but with crystalline structure and acidity still in evidence too. Very deep-flavoured. I may be underrating its likely longevity. Drink to 2030. 18.5/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (9/2011)

K&L Notes

From Neal Martin, when writing for Wine Advocate: "Tasted at the Bordeaux Index’s Chateau Climens dinner. There is a sense of natural refinement to the ’88 Climens with a fragrant bouquet of beeswax, honeysuckle and a hint of tinned pineapple. So much freshness and vitality, although it will be fascinating to see how it evolves further. The palate is wonderfully poised, pure and precise; more citrus than previous bottles with a good level of botrytis, building nicely towards the focused mellifluous, peachy finish that suggests this Climens has a long future ahead. Tasted November 2009." (Wine Journal, 3/2010)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2017 | Send Email
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To me one of the greatest Climens I have ever tasted. Perfect balance and rich lingering finish. As Neil Martin so aptly says: "The palate is wonderfully poised, pure and precise; more citrus than previous bottles with a good level of botrytis, building nicely towards the focused mellifluous, peachy finish that suggests this Climens has a long future ahead." The acid balance of 1988 Sauternes is the key part of the wines.
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