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  • Country ranking ?

    2 620
  • Producer ranking ?

    25
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Foie gras & aged Comté cheese

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The Story

This noble sweet white wine, graceful and weightless, is a subtle wine that is like no other. If it is the very expression of the quintessence of this appellation with balance and freshness, it also has the strength and magnificence among the greatest Sauternes. Climens is characterized by brilliance or depth, borne only of its unique terroir.

This special grace, the result of tightness and minerality is also blessed with an extraordinary aromatic palette, mingling perfumes of flowers, fruits, spices, and often even a hint of eucalyptus or fresh mint. In their youth the wines, which have a pale colour that is reminiscent of the aromas, are dominated by citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon, citron), fresh fruit and white flowers. Sweet spices and other deeper, confected fruit flavours will develop with the passing of time. Whatever the vintage, the wines continue to age slowly, retaining their harmonious blend of sweetness and freshness for decades, which signs their inimitable charm.

Climens is most famous for the elegance of its wine, but also for its sustained excellence: even in less than great vintages, the wines produced are always magical.  

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Vintage 1988

The first in a trio of great vintages and one that has been rather overshadowed by the 89s and 90s.Definitely the most "classic" of the trio, with many of the wines not being overtly fruit-driven but having levels of extract and concentration that that make them perfect candidates for extended cellaring.

The first half of the year was unusually cold and wet and the vintage was saved by a long, dry, warm summer. Harvesting began in mid September and some of the Cabernets were not picked until the 3rd week of October. Most of the wines are now approaching their plateau of maturity with the pick of the bunch being the Cabernet-dominated Médocs and GravesPauillac was particularly successful.

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Golden, botrytis, apricots, peach, pineapples and slightly herbal. Fresh acidity, then falls away, clean fruit, elegant but a bit boring, where is the acidity? Still 87Golden, botrytis, apricots, peach, pineapples and slightly herbal. Fresh acidity, then falls away, clean fruit, elegant but a bit boring, where is the acidity? Still 87

  • 87p

Elegant, dicht, Melase und Orangeat. Viel Malz. Wirkt schon reif aber immer noch sehr schön zu trinken mit viel Tiefgang. Nicht die Eleganz eines Barsacs sondern mehr von einem Sauternes. 
 

 

  • 95p
Attractive antique gold color, lovely nose with aromas of orange, honey, marmalade, fresh pineapple and exotic fruits. On palate firm and spicy at first, then aromas honey and a load of exotic fruits. This wine is just pure pleasure to drink!
  • 95p
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Origin

Barsac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

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