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1990 Climens

By Chateau Climens

1990 Climens from Chateau Climens, Sauternes, Bordeaux

In the esteemed canon of Bordeaux sweet wines, the 1990 Climens from Chateau Climens emerges as a paragon of vintage individuality. This year is widely considered to be amongst the most transcendent for Sauternes, yielding wines that are both sumptuous and intricately layered.


A Harmonic Confluence of Elements

The climatic conditions in 1990 were serendipitous, with ideal spring weather followed by a summer that balanced warm days with cool nights—a recipe for perfection in vine maturation. Autumn rains then heralded the noble rot essential to Sauternes, allowing Chateau Climens to craft a wine of unparalleled complexity.

The 1990 Climens is a luminous testament to its exceptional harvest. One experiences an aroma with ethereal whispers of candied apricot, honeycomb, and delicate saffron, deftly woven into a rhapsodic bouquet. On the palate, it unfolds in wave upon wave of luscious peach and citrus preserves, underpinned by a subtle yet persistent minerality that is the hallmark of Barsac’s terroir.


A Treasure for Investors and Connoisseurs Alike

For the astute fine wine investor, this vintage represents more than just a consummate tasting experience; it’s a prized jewel in any portfolio. The exceptional preservation potential of the 1990 Climens bears promise of not only flavours that will evolve gracefully but also of returns that could prove to be equally grand.

The vintage's longevity is further ensconced by its formidable balance between sweetness and acidity, ensuring that each bottle continues to entrance as it matures quietly in the cellar.

Conclusively, one must acknowledge that the 1990 Climens from Chateau Climens stands as a beacon amongst collector's wines. It wields an intricate tapestry of aromas and flavors befitting its illustrious vintage—one that continues to enchant afresh with each uncorking. As this extraordinary Sauternes gracefully strides through its fourth decade, its depth and elegance are expressions of vinicultural artistry sure to enhance both glass and investment portfolio alike.

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The 1990 continues to develop exceptionally well (better than I thought), and now looks to be a worthy rival of the dazzling 1988. The superb aromatics (pineapple, acacia, vanilla, and honey) are followed by a rich, full-bodied, atypically powerful Climens that possesses adequate acidity, high alcohol, and even higher levels of extract and fruit. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030. Last tasted 11/94

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 31 December 1997

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