Sweets & Fortifieds and Additional Finds

Timed Online Auction, 28 May - 10 June 2024

Sweets

Sold for

ZAR 3 283
Lot 53
  • Climens; Barsac; 1986; 1 (1 x 1); 750ml


Lot Estimate
ZAR 2 500 - 4 000
Selling Price
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
ZAR 3 283
Location
Wine Storage

About this Item

1986 Barsac
1 (1 x 1) 750ml

Château Climens is a Premier Cru Classé Sauternes producer in Bordeaux's Barsac appellation in Graves. Climens' past spans several centuries and has became known as the 'Lord of Barsac'. Since being founded, only five families have owned the estate. This is a rare occurrence and can explain why this single-vineyard property has remained practically unchanged since the date of its creation. Climens is not only famous for its elegant wines, but also for its consistency. Even in less-than-great vintages, the Climens wines are always special – characterised by the finesse and depth born of its unique terroir. Today, Climens is in the capable hands of Bérénice Lurton who takes great care in perpetuating the magic of the château.

Often referred to as the "Lord of Barsac," Château Climens is renowned for producing some of the finest sweet wines in the world.
The 1986 vintage in Bordeaux was marked by ideal weather conditions, with a warm and dry summer followed by a mild autumn. This allowed for perfect ripening and the development of noble rot (Botrytis cinerea), crucial for producing high-quality sweet wines. The grapes for Climens 1986 were harvested in multiple passes, known as "tries," to ensure only the most botrytized berries were selected.

Provenance

Private Client

Critics Ratings

Big and creamy and luscious. Together and surely at its peak. Attractive vivacity. Bit chewy on the finish – maybe it will dry out a little?’ – Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, 18/20 (Oct 2010)

A totally compelling Climens and every bit as good as the 1988. It is probably the best Climens made since their spectacular 1971. Still light gold in color, it has an expansive bouquet of new oak, oranges, pineapples, and other tropical fruits. In the mouth, there is great richness that seems all the more impressive because of the wine's remarkable clarity and definition. There is as much botrytis in the 1986 as in the 1988. Despite the intensity and extract levels, this sweet wine comes across as crisp and relatively light. The 1986 is a stunning example of Climens at its very best. Anticipated maturity: Now-2010.’ – Robert Parker Jr, Wine Advocate, 96/100 (Jan 1998)

Gorgeous, ripe, and rich, oozing with tropical, honey and mineral flavors that take off like a heat-seeking missile on the finish. Tempting now. Best after 1998.’ – Wine Spectator, 94/100 (Apr 1995)

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