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Château d'Yquem Sauternes 1996
- Sauternes Bordeaux Château d'Yquem 1900
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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.
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Extremely concentrated, yet subtle. Aromas of honey and spices, with an intense botrytis nose. Full-bodied, thick and fruity, with orange peel and lemon rind character. Medium sweetness. Balanced, yet thick and backward. Reminds me of the harmonious 1990 - certainly the best since then. Best after 2008.
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+.
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... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1996 Chateau d'Yquem 750ml
There is no other wine in the world like it, and there is no other luxury wine that can possibly justify its price as much as Yquem... The long-awaited 1986... is another fascinating effort from Yquem... Its enthralling bouquet of pineapples, sauteed hazelnuts, vanillin, and ripe apricots is breathtaking. Compellingly concentrated, its breadth as well as depth of flavor seemingly know no limits. This full-bodied, powerful, yet impeccably balanced Yquem should provide memorable drinking for 40-55 more years. Like the 1983, this is another winemaking tour de force.
...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. ... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. A Sauternes Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 1996 Chateau d'Yquem 375ml
Located in the heart of Sauternes, the legendary Château d'Yquem spares no expense in producing the finest dessert wine in the world. The classic 1986 vintage is a real treasure from the fruit of the vine, as ripe apricot, pineapple, vanilla and sauteed hazelnut flavors bathe in exceptionally concentrated sweet fruit with honeyed botrytis that adds multi-dimensional complexities. Celebrate life and enjoy this little piece of heaven on earth!
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
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