1989 Climens Sauternes Blend
Sauternes Blend - 750ML
  • IWC 96
  • NM 94
  • WS 93
  • JG 92
  • WA 90

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Reg: $139.94

$114.94

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IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC, July 1998
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... 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.
NM 94
Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2010
Tasted at the Bordeaux Index’s Chateau Climens dinner. A little lighter in colour than the ’90, this ’89 Climens retains its glorious barley sugar, honeysuckle and peach-tinged nose with touches of ginger evolving with... Tasted at the Bordeaux Index’s Chateau Climens dinner. A little lighter in colour than the ’90, this ’89 Climens retains its glorious barley sugar, honeysuckle and peach-tinged nose with touches of ginger evolving with aeration. The palate is harmonious, supple and very pure with acacia honey, quince, apricot and noticeably less residual sugar on the finish than the aforementioned ’90. Superb, but the chateau bottle in April was better.
WS 93
Wine Spectator, April 1995
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. Tempting now. Best after 1997.
JG 92
View From The Cellar, September 2009
Of the wonderful troika of wines produced at Château Climens in the 1988, 1989 and 1990 vintages, I have always had a very, very slight preference for the utterly classic 1988 over its two younger siblings. The 1989... Of the wonderful troika of wines produced at Château Climens in the 1988, 1989 and 1990 vintages, I have always had a very, very slight preference for the utterly classic 1988 over its two younger siblings. The 1989 Climens, at this particular tasting here in New York in September showed very well, but perhaps just a tad lower than my very high expectations for this wine. The nose was very pretty, but a bit riper and more tropical than I remember, as it offered up scents of pineapple, honey, new leather, tea leaves, dried oranges and crème brulée. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and just a tad forceful in style compared to more classic vintages of Climens (such as 1971, 1983, 1986 or 1988), but with lovely mid-palate depth, fine focus and excellent length and grip on the complex and poised finish. The 1989 Climens has now reached its apogee of maturity, but should continue to cruise along beautifully for several more decades. (Drink between 2009-2030)
WA 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 1998
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 1989 it... 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 1989 it possesses good acidity. If more complexity and grip develop my rating may look stingy. Anticipated maturity: now-2010. Last tasted 11/94
Color & Type Dessert
Varietal Sauternes Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Barsac
Vintage 1989

Label

This graceful, sweet white wine exhibits the quintessence of Sauternes with balance and freshness, strength and subtlety.

The extraordinary aroma is a perfume of flowers, fruits, spices, and often even a hint of eucalyptus or fresh mint. In their youth the wines are dominated by citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon, citron), fresh fruit and white flowers. Sweet spices and other deeper, confected fruit flavors develop with the passing of time. Whatever the vintage, the wines age slowly, retaining their harmonious blend of sweetness and freshness for decades.

Winery

Climens

Chateau Climens, classified a First Growth in 1855, is in the Sauternes village of Barsac on the left bank of the Garonne where the most prestigious sweet white wines in the world are made. An abundance of limestone surrounds the chateau’s 31 hectares of vines and endows the wines with great freshness for balance and aromatic expression.

The name Climens means ‘unfertile or poor land’ in local dialect. But wine experts—including the winemakers at Chateau Climens—realize that the sandy, iron-rich, red clay, is perfect for Climens’ one and only grape variety: Semillon.

Chateau Climens has a long history spanning several centuries, appearing for the first time on a contract dated 1547. It has belonged to only five families since its origins and the vineyards remain practically unchanged.

In the early 1970s Lucien Lurton, a man passionate about exceptional terroirs and who already owned several classified growths in the Medoc, began taking an interest in the Sauternes region. Won over by the finesse of the Climens wine, he acquired the chateau in 1971. He brought a determined touch of modernity, as well as relentlessly high standards to the domain, while respecting both tradition and the centuries-old savoir-faire in particular.

Lucien's daughter Berenice Lurton took over the chateau in 1992 and has taken great care in perpetuating the magic of Chateau Climens.