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Château Dyquem' Château Dyquem Premier Cru Classé Supérieur' 1997

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Chateau d'Yquem:
Nestled in the southeasy of Bordeaux, Château d’Yquem is the world’s most sought after dessert wine – the benchmark by which all other dessert wines are judged.

Editorial Reviews for Château Dyquem' Château Dyquem Premier Cru Classé Supérieur'

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.50 5
09/22/2008

very volatile, smells of insecticide, vibrant acidity in the mouth offers excellent balnce to the, no doubt, high level of rs. Really quite lithe on the palate notes of honey, roasted nuts, and dried fruits, papaya, pineapple and apricot but this wine is hot, hot, hot and it was served at about 65F. Between the volatility and heat this is only good at best.


External Reviews for Château Dyquem' Château Dyquem Premier Cru Classé Supérieur'

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

A charming Yquem that's round, thick, dense and very honeyed. But it doesn't taste of botrytized, dried fruit flavors (the château tried to wait for noble rot and harvested late, into December). While creamy and opulent, it's also refined. Best after 2015.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The favorite sweet wine of millionaires, Chateau d'Yquem has, not unexpectedly, turned in a brilliant effort with their newly released 1989. It is a large-scaled, massively rich, unctuously-textured wine that should evolve effortlessly for a half century or more. It does not reveal the compelling finesse and complexity of the 1988 or 1986, but it is a far heavier, richer wine than either of those vintages. It is reminiscent of the 1976, with additional fat and glycerin. The wine is extremely alcoholic and rich, with a huge nose of smoky, honey-covered coconuts and overripe pineapples and apricots. As with most young vintages of Yquem, the wine's structure is barely noticeable. These wines are so highly extracted and rich yet approachable young, it is difficult to believe they will last for 50 or more years. The 1989 is the richest Yquem made in the eighties, and it has an edge in complexity over the powerhouse 1983. It remains to be seen whether this wine will develop the extraordinary aromatic complexity possessed by the promising 1988 and 1986 Yquems. Last tasted 11/97


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

An extraordinary effort in this powerful, blockbuster vintage, Yquem's 1990 is the richest of the fabulous triogy of superb sweet wine vintages in Bordeaux: 1988, 1989, 1990. This wine also possesses more elegance and finesse than many 1990s at least at this early stage of their development. The wine's medium gold color is accompanied by an exceptionally sweet nose of honeyed tropical fruits, peaches, coconut, and apricots. High quality, subtle toasty oak is well-integrated. The wine is massive on the palate, with layers of intensely ripe botrytis-tinged, exceptionally sweet fruit. Surprisingly well-integrated acidity, and a seamless, full-bodied power and richness have created a wine of remarkable harmony and purity. It may mature at a quicker pace than the 1989, 1988, or 1986, but all of these wines will easily pass their half-century birthdays in splendid condition. An awesome Yquem! Anticipated maturity: 2003-2050+.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

The greatest wine of Sauternes and , according to the famous 1855 classification, of the entire Bordeaux region. It is sweet, golden and apparently, almost immortal.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Smooth, spicy and generous, with a silky texture. Harmonious vanilla, peach, apricot, spice and honey aromas and flavors. Keeps pouring out the flavors on the long finish; brilliantly complex and generous. Should be a great one around 2010.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Very classy and beautiful, packed with botrityzed flavors. Marvelous blend of vanilla, cream, tobacco-box notes, with a lot of oak on it for now but also loads of pure, clean and elegant fruit. An infant that will age for a long time. Best after 2020.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Compared with the flamboyant aromatics of the 1997, Yquem's 1996 plays it closer to the vest, although there is a lot going on. Light gold with a tight but promising nose of roasted hazelnuts intermixed with creme brulee, vanilla beans, honey, orange marmalade, and peaches, this medium to full-bodied offering reveals loads of power in its restrained, measured personality. There is admirable acidity, weight, texture, and purity in this impeccably made Yquem. However, patience will be a virtue. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2060.


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