1961 Château d'Yquem Sauternes
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113 Ratings
1961 Château d'Yquem Sauternes

Wine Description

(From 2008 Vintage) There is a lovely purity to the fruit and clear botrytis concentration, if less than in the great years. Has all the hallmarks of a fine, elegant Yquem. A very polished, well-presented sample.

Winemaker's Notes

(From 2004 Vintage) Shining bright with lemony yellow hues. Open nose, initially reminiscent of cooked plums, saffron, orange blossom and acacia honey, a scented spicy note in it, after a few minutes, soft vanilla and bright Cerealnoten shows in the form of freshly ground barley. In the palate much cooked plums, fresh and parched light apricot, a hint of bitter orange in the final,

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Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    (From 2006 Vintage) Rating: 96/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/01/2009
  • Robert Parker
    (From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 01/01/2010
  • Decanter
    (From 1986 Vintage) Rating: 0/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Medium straw; inexpressive nose, some botrytis; medium-bodied, reasonable concentration, quite oaky, modest botrytis, lacks some vigour and verve, almost raisiny on finish, disappointing for Yquem
  • Decanter
    (From 1982 Vintage) Rating: 0/5 - As reviewed by Decanter. Medium gold; reserved nose, slightly petrolly; quite rich, plump, spicy, reasonable concentrated, fine acidity, lemon drops, not as structured as most Yquems; very good length, slightly tarry finish.
  • Robert Parker
    (From 1990 Vintage) "1990: An extraordinary effort, Yquem's 1990 is a rich and fabulously superb, sweet wine. This wine also possesses lots of elegance and finesse. 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-b...