1989 Climens - 1er Cru

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / BARSAC
  • 93 WS
  • 96 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    White Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 47763-1989-375-3A
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17

    Bright gold. A bit volatile. Big and blowsy and a bit burnt. Some acidity underneath but it is burnt. Some lemonyness. But a little clumsy.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Bordeaux Book(1998) | Rating: 90

    For whatever reason, the 1989 is merely outstanding rather than dazzling. Although it lacks the complexity of the 1988, it is a plump, muscular, rich, intense, full-bodied, and sweeter-than-usual Climens. For a 1
    Author: Robert Parker
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 96

    Green-tinged straw color. Initially less expressive nose opened to show floral, herbal and vanillin notes as well as a pungent minerally quality. Very sweet but very suave, with fresh but perfectly integrated acidity serving to frame and intensify the superb, mineral-and-citric fruit. Can't match the '90 for pure size and power but the harmoniousness of this wine is truly striking. Very, very long and subtle on the aftertaste. A great Climens. I underrated this wine in its early days, as it was overshadowed by the more powerful, more phenolic '90.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: July/August 1998
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    High-wired, super-focused, seductively creamy and beautifully balanced. The beam of lemon, honey, spice, pear and melon flavor shines through to a fresh, long finish.
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Drink Dates: 1998-2030
    Author: Andrew H
  • Self | Rating: 96

    Stunningly delicious; Plenty of depth & plenty of 'noble rot'; plump & ample & fruity on the palate but w/plenty of structure and balanced acid so not heavily sweet; a med.-full, very complex, elegant wine; not a blockbuster, but a wine of lovely style & one which finishes very very long & complex.
    Drink Dates: 2000-2030
    Author: Anthony D526
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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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 195 bottles owned
  • 49 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 49 collectors)