The 1989 Climens has an even more complex bouquet than the 1990 and perhaps the best bottle that I have encountered. Yellow plum, saffron, quince and a touch of Manuka honey soars on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied with a tangy, eucalyptus-tinged entry, very harmonious and long. Surfeit with energy, this is a fabulous Climens that deserves a place in your cellar or preferably on your dining table. Tasted at the Climens vertical at the chateau in April 2022.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2050
Half bottle. Orange/tawny. Medium intensity. Burnt caramel notes. Quite fresh and pure. Distinctly tangy with a hint of orange peel. Not that sweet. But it stood up very well to a range of Indian sweetmeats.
Anticipated maturity: 2000-2030
Robert Parker 94
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. Tasted November 2009.