1988 Château Climens

  • 91 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 47763-1988

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  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Deep gold. Seems a bit skinny after the Mullineux straw wine. Burnt and lively but thinner than other bottles. Burnt almonds.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 91

    Extremely polished and complex, showing beautiful dried herb, grass, honey and pine flavors. Has a long finish, medium body and just-so sweetness.
    Author: James Laube
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1998
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 96

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Consistent notes. A great wine & still youthful; pale gold color; lovely nose; rich but very elegant flavors - the raciness of a Barsac with the richness of a great Sauternes; botrytis is evident; goos acid & well balanced; very long sweet finish. Delicious w/foie gras and w/a blue cheese.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2022
    Author: Anthony D526
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Author: marv
Chateau Climens is a case study in meticulous tradition (only five families have owned the estate since its origins). Owned by the Roborel family from the 15th century through the late 20th century, this Barsac chateau (known as the "Lord of Barsac") produces some of the best sweet wines in the world. Ironically, its name translates to "unfertile" or "poor land" - quite the paradox for this Premier Cru vineyard! Changes in winemaking at Climens occurred only when new methods proved themselves effective in improving the quality of the wine. The estate was taken over by the Lurton family (who own almost a dozen chateaux in Bordeaux) in 1971, with the cellar master, Christian Broustat, remaining the same. Another example of Climens's seamless tradition is Broustat's background as a third generation winemaker. Climens's 100% Semillon vineyard is known for producing wines with a fruity bouquet (pear and apricot), fine levels of acidity, finesse, and balance. After the grapes are hand-harvested and fermented, the wines are aged in oak for 18 to 24 months. Climens is typically one of the first wineries to harvest as botrytis strikes here early in the season. With proper care and storage, these wines can age for 50 to 100 years. The estate's second wine is known as Cypres de Climens.

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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 886 bottles owned
  • 185 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 185 collectors)